In 2002, Jen Davis began creating a series of self-portraits documenting her struggles and emo-tions relating to her obesity which struck at an early age. Through her photographs, Davis cap-tures the moments when she feels the most vulnerable, lonely, and insecure and transforms them through her use of light and color into beautiful and captivating images. She explains, “It was beauty that I could control, a world of beauty that I myself created and inhabited. In a way what I was doing was seducing myself. I couldn’t necessarily identify with the idea of someone seeing me as ‘beautiful,’ but I could accept that the pictures that I created and inhabited were. It was a very contradictory experience.” Davis’s work will be on display at ClampArt in New York City until July 3.
text by Canbra Hodsdon