“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate
In Being Free, Deborah Segun explores the diverse bodies of women through shape and colour, portraiture and narrative, creating an important counterpoint to society’s patriarchal notion of the “ideal woman”. Combining abstraction and figuration Segun creates voluptuous figures in varied graceful poses, celebrating the female form in a refreshing, lyrical style, in her solo exhibition.
Segun’s exploration of body positivity provides a thought provoking backdrop to a global trend in which editing filters, make up, and unnatural exaggerated hour glass body shapes celebrated across social media, have created asphyxiating pressure on especially young women’s mental health and self esteem.
This exhibition of twenty-two paintings and pastel drawings is hosted at Temple Muse