Some of you know me as an artist; others of you know me as a writer or a teacher or a professional organizer. However, you know me, I’m guessing you’ve heard about how I’m healing from damage to my central nervous system caused by Klonopin, a medication prescribed to me by my doctor.
I’ve come a long way, but I still struggle with my executive planning function, a part of my brain function, which has been damaged during my traumatic withdrawal.
Once a mover and a shaker, I now experience nerve pain that has forced me to slow down.
Despite my daily challenges, I’m still here.
After a 3-year hiatus from the formal classroom, this summer I’m teaching a memoir class once a week, and…
I’ve found a way to unify my passion for combining words and art in an effort to inspire others.
I’m calling my latest endeavor The State of Undress Project, which — when complete — will feature 18 paintings of women of every age, color, and social class.
To be part of this project, women must be able to articulate an invisible obstacle they have overcome (or that they are actively working on) and be willing to frame this challenge as a strength. They must be willing to pose in some state of undress – lingerie or bathing suit, or slip (of their choosing) — and have their likeness painted as an impressionistic piece of art.
I’ve completed 6 paintings so far, 2 are in progress, and…
…I’m looking for 10 more female volunteers.
Posing semi-clothed requires immense vulnerability, bravery, and trust. Please know, I believe that every woman’s body is beautiful, and I can promise that I will turn your photograph into a fabulous piece of art.
If you’re interested (or if you know of someone who might be interested), please compose a paragraph in which you explain your story to me and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15, 2016. I’ll contact you we can talk about my timeline and the next step.
If you’d like to monitor my progress on Facebook, you can find me at: https://www.facebook.com/rasjacobsonart/
Would you ever consider posing in a state of undress? Why or why not?
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