Bodies: Heaven & Earth

Jessica Tezen

My visual pieces show the sexualization of women’s bodies on Earth in contrast to the view of women’s bodies through the eyes of The Divine.

The “Earth” mannequin is composed of objects and words that are used to sexualize women’s bodies here on Earth, and all the ways women carry this sexualization on a daily basis.

The “Heaven” mannequin is spray painted in the colors of the rainbow and clothed with 1,881 mirrors. By using only mirrors I wanted women to be able to look at the “Heaven” mannequin and in seeing their reflection experience beauty through the eyes of The Divine. That in seeing their own reflection they are reminded that they are beautiful just as they are.

A Love Letter to Wisdom
An original spoken word piece inspired by the Wisdom of Solomon 7:26 - 8:1 and performed at James Chapel, Union Theological Seminary.