Film by Eric Minh Swenson.
Vicki Barkley is a renowned Southern California artist with a diverse body of work despite being a skilled draftsperson. She had a chance to install a mural sized painting on paper (mounted on insulation foam) at Coagula Curatorial in Chinatown, Los Angeles. The premier of her mural coincided with the opening of FAT GIRL, a show of photography by Carolo Batts. The artist used his wife, plus-sized model April Flores as both subject and muse over a ten year period and the exhibition featured highlights of the Batts/Flores collaboration.
Vicki's mural involved nudity and was still placed in a public area. A few neighbors complained but they were the folks who complain about everything. The general public was treated to seeing a voluptuous woman presented as an attractive, empowered persona instead of being shamed by the media for not starving herself into conformity. Unlike the intense adult photographs of Carlos Batts, the mediation of paint and artistry of a hand-composed pictures allowed Vicki Barkley the chance to present the same subject, April Flores, as Carlos, but to the general public passing by on the street. As the video unfolds we see that the painting was mildly damaged in transport. Far be it from Eric Minh Swenson to concentrate on a subject for more than five minutes and return for ten seconds to film the mural that was restored literally 36 hours after installation filmed here.
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