The "Beautiful Women Project" is designed by the artist to raise awareness of the link between self-worth and self-identity, and society's attitude toward physical appearance.
Our bodies tell our life story. They are portraits of our journeys and experiences. Knowing that our body is beautiful, just as it exists, is a message more women need to see and hear.
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The "Beautiful Women Project" will take the form of clay sculptures off 100 volunteers aged 19-91. The sculptures will be frontal view from neck to hip line and will reflect the artist's interpretation of each woman's personality.
The project has been segmented into three phases:
Stage One is the physical casting of the volunteers. Thanks to all the volunteers the donation of plaster, and a great deal of community support, this stage is now complete!
Stage Two is the actual creation of the 100 clay sculptures. This is the most time consuming and technically challenging aspect of the project. Monies raised so far have covered the research and development process, which is necessary to determine the most efficient and effective way to proceed. Added to the $100 average material cost of each sculpture is the coast of electricity, and an assistant, resulting in an overall estimated cost of $20, 000 for this stage. A minimum of 14 months is required to complete this phase.
Stage Three is the preparation of the documentation and the exhibit of the completed sculptures. The dream is to have the "Beautiful Women Project" tour across Canada in public 'free admission' galleries to allow for wider exposure of the message. In addition the hope is discussion panels and public forums will accompany the exhibit. A tentative date for the initial exhibition is March 2006.
Expenses include administration, advertising, materials for technical creation of the sculptures, travel costs, accommodation, exhibition set-up fees (packaging, shipping and promotion), postage, access and exhibition fees, and extensive documentation costs such as writing reproduction, photography and web design. To date, donations of plaster, some accommodation, some writing and some photography, have been provide for the project.
The realization of the aims of the "Beautiful Women Project" depends on the generosity and support of the community. Although it is not a registered charity and tax receipts are not available, 100% of funds raised will go to the project. Currently the project is privately financed by the families, friends and colleagues of all those involved.
Support is welcomed in many forms such as time, materials, services, and financial donations. Cheques made payable to "Beautiful Women Project", can be forwarded to WebsterWood Studio, 107 Plantation Drive, Woodlawn, Ontario K0A 3M0
The Artist: Cheryl-Ann Webster was born and raised in England where she gained her diploma in Art and Design at Lowestoft School of Art in 1992. In addition, she holds a B.A Honours degree in Culture and Communications from the University of Lancaster in 1998. Shortly after Cheryl-Ann made Canada her home, WebsterWood Art Studio was officially established.