My name is Michelle Gauthier, I’m 21 years old, and I’m currently attending the Ontario Collage of Art and Design (OCADU) for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practices. I believe that the work I am submitting for the FAC Toronto 2014 event fits with the Call for Submissions because I am a firm believer in embracing sexuality, gender, and the body as a whole. I feel very strongly about fighting trans- phobia, racism, and for protecting reproductive rights. With my work I hope to provoke and intrigue view- ers. I strive to promote self-love, to embrace femininity and individuality, and to show that there is no cause for shame when it comes to what is natural. I have taken mediums like cross stitching (which have been primarily thought of as a conservative feminine craft) to depict things which are very expressive and opinionated. I try to create a strong juxtapo- sition of form and content, and I hope that it will help the viewer to question society’s opinions and norms about these subjects. Just like every person and body, none of my works are exactly alike.
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