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My painting is about illustrating Body Dysmorphic Disorder through the use of the genre, body horror. It is described as a sub-genre that intentionally displays grotesque imagery of the human body. The various eyes depict the staring that people with body dysmorphia feel when they are out in public because they feel like they are being judged constantly by the people around them. Surrounding the main figure are four different types of plants, the Blue Pansy flower, the Venus Flytrap, the Psychotria Elata flower, and the Amaryllis flower. The Blue Pansy flower symbolizes loyalty and honesty. The Venus Flytrap symbolizes persistence. The Amaryllis flower means pride, strength, and determination. Finally, the Psychotria Elata flower doesn’t have a particular meaning behind it but it is also known as the Hot Lips plant due to looking like very plump red lips. On all three canvases there will be liquid latex hands placed on the small canvas and around the large canvas. The hands represent the constant contact and touch the individual who deals with BDD do on a daily basis when they pick at their insecurities.
About the Artist
Hello! My name is Lismary Escamilla and I squeeze illustrations out of my brain! I’m an Illustrator born and raised in Los Angeles whose childhood dreams were to become a paleontologist. But I was too busy scribbling all over my notebooks and choose the more artistic route instead. Over the years, I found myself fascinated by the obscure and psychological horror genre in animation and in Baroque paintings. It was a challenging route for me to accept the adverse reactions from people and not see many positives. But I now embrace those negative reactions and see it as an accomplishment. Being a body horror artist is to get something out of the viewer, whether that be a scared fascination or creating goosebumps on their skin. My endeavor has led me to fully start embracing this genre and become a part of its world. So as I squeeze out these illustrations from my brain, I also squeeze them out of my eyes, mouth, nose, and pores.
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