Altered Aesthetics by Becca Cerra

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Raised by 98 people in 9 months

With your help, I am developing a project that explores beauty within altered bodies. Collaborating with people with amputations, I am creating wearable sculptures that wrap around and extend from their residual limbs to create artistic expressions. My unique sculptural (nonmedical) "prosthetics" are  visual homages to the body’s story. They transform the wearers’ bodies into works of art, challenge limiting beliefs they and others may hold, and stimulate movement exploration.

I am working with a photographer Melissa Hesse to document the model as they explore movement with their sculpture. 

I am currently looking for opportunities to exhibit this work. Ideally, I'll be exhibiting life-sized photographs of the models wearing their sculptures accompanied by the sculptures themselves. Know of a space I should consider? Send me your suggestions! 

Find out more about Becca Cerra's work at beccacerra.com


Most conversations about physical disability are fraught with misinformation, stigma, and limiting perceptions.

Through my project, Altered Aesthetics, I aim to shatter these beliefs, educate the public, empower individuals living with disabilities, and ultimately catalyze a body-positive revolution in which all bodies are revered for their unique beauty.


I spent the last year researching and developing this project by working with Daniel Jensen, a Vietnam veteran who lost his leg in the war. Now I'm working with 3 more incredible people with amputations.

I will continue to consult with a prosthetist and orthotist, to learn prosthetic-making techniques that ensure my sculptures complement and do not compromise the integrity of the skeletal structure. 


The final exhibition (location TBD)  will consist of 5 life-sized images of the amputees as they discover what new abilities these sculptures create. Each image will be accompanied by a thought-provoking sentence or phrase expressing the person’s limiting beliefs about their bodies. The photos will show how they transcend those limiting beliefs. And the sculptures themselves will be displayed on pedestals.

Your help is key to the success of this project. Without YOU it simply wouldn't be possible. Please contribute as you can. Any amount helps!


Here's where your money will go:
Prosthetist Consultant
Model Stipend ($500 each)
Artist Fee

Materials (steel, welding gas, consumables)
Installation (2 assistants to help install and de-install)
Photo Printing (and test prints)
Publicity and Promotion (Postcards, posters, social media ads)


Please share this with your family, friends, coworkers, and anyone you think may be interested. Together we can change how the world sees disability!


Thank you in advance!


Find out more about Becca Cerra's work at beccacerra.com

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Today is the big day!!!! I can’t wait to show you all what the last two years of hard work and dedication has produced!

For those of you in Minnesota, come see it for yourself at Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center. Stop by anytime between 630-9 pm.

For those of you not in Minnesota, I’ll share tons of photos and videos with you all from the opening.

Thank you for all of your support on this incredible journey.
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After nearly two years of work it's finally time to show Altered Aesthetics! Join me at Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC) Sept 19 6:30-9 pm for the exhibition opening.

The exhibition opens during CAFAC's Open (Hot)House. You'll have an opportunity to see fire arts in action! CAFAC students and instructors will be demoing blacksmithing, metal casting, precious metal clay, neon, etc. And outside will be fire dancers!

Ps. Rewards are slowly but surely making there way to everyone who donated! So keep your eyes peeled!
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The time is almost here to finally show Altered Aesthetics. I'm so excited to announce my upcoming solo show at the Gallery at Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in September - Mark your calendars!

I’m sending a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have helped make this project possible. If you haven’t received your gift yet, rest assured it will be on its way soon!
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Yesterday, we wrapped up the final photoshoot for Altered Aesthetics and I couldn't be more pleased with how it all turned out!! Together we raised a glass to the mission of changing how the world sees beauty and disability.

And now our sights are set on an exhibition opening in September. Check back soon for all the details on that.

In the meantime, here's a little sneak peek view behind-the-scenes of yesterday's photoshoot. Enjoy!
Thank you to everyone involved!

Thank you to the wonderful models (Dan Jensen, Daniel Edmondson, Adela Alvarez, and Johnny Calderon), the talented photographer Melissa Hesse, the glowing makeup artist Emily Rose Duea, Laurie Olson Williams for the amazing wardrobe, and our honorary model Ramon Alvarez.

And a heartfelt thank you to all of YOU who have been following along every step of the way with words of encouragement and donations. This project wouldn't be possible without all of your support. Thank you!

Ps. You can see more photos on my instagram - Instagram.com/becca__cerra
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