This is a sculpture by Wim Botha, a sculptor from South Africa who creates amazing, choppy-looking pieces out of books and wood. This particular piece is entitled Fuze and is made of charred fire-resistant pine, wood, and lacquer. Isn’t it beautiful?
The Children’s Body-Image Foundation seeks to help children of all ages to feel good about themselves and to love the skin they’re in, no matter what it looks like! They seek to raise body image awareness and educate the general public about conditions and disorders such as clubfeet, pediatric cancers, alopecia (hair loss), amputation, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and others. They help out at events and work with businesses, and they also distribute financial need to children who cannot cover their own medical costs. Though they’re still a small organization, we think their mission is great and hope they only grow stronger!
Koh Sang Woo is a South Korean photographer and painted who moved to the United States in 1994 and now works in New York City. His solo exhibitions have gone all over the world, from Chicago to Hong Kong, and is frequently featured at the Armory show in New York. In order to get the intense color effect that identifies his work, he paints directly on the bodies on his portrait subjects and then reverses the photograph image in post-production so that everything is distorted. The effect is, as one critic puts it, “a kind of release and defiance, beautifully rendered.” Koh believes primarily in challenging the fundamental ideas of beauty so that they are all-encompassing and deeply emotional, and this desire the break convention is why we think he perfectly represents what the community at Love and Water should be!
Our Love profile for this week is PFLAG!
PFLAG stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. The group tries to promote the well being of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning) youths, educate parents, allies, and the general public, and work to secure civil rights for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the organization has grown to 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates; there are locally-run chapters all over the United States that seek acceptance for all the LGBTQ people in their communities.
Want to know more about PFLAG? Check out what else they’re doing on their website!