Artist Julia Kozerski didn't expect her personal weight-loss journey to become a piece of art in itself. When she began a self-guided program of diet and exercise in 2009, she wanted to just be healthier and find a new relationship with her body. It worked.
Within a year, she had shed 160 pounds from her 300+ frame. However, she also had unexpected artifacts from her experience -- pictures, mostly self-portraits, from within dressing rooms and hallways and stores, featuring every sort of fashion imaginable.
To Julia, losing weight, especially at such a rapid pace, meant constant re-invention and reflection.
"My physique was always in a state of flux and, in an attempt to strike a balance between how I felt and how I looked, I ventured out to stores on a daily basis, piling my arms full of clothing of all shapes and sizes," Julia's artist statement reads. "There was no method to my madness and I subsequently spent hours within the confines of store dressing rooms trying to 'find' myself."
In a culture in which body "issues" are constantly scrutinized, redressed, maligned, challenged, perpetuated and discussed, Julia's pictures show a personal challenge through a refreshingly unvarnished eye. A dressing room, for so many women (and men), is a space of both honesty and hostility. Perhaps by making these private spaces public, Julia has opened the door for others to explore changes that supersede the physical.
Julia will be joining the hosts of Evening Express Thursday to chat about her work. Tune in at 6 p.m. ET!