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Altered Aesthetics by Becca Cerra

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Raised by 100 people in 14 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


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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.

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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. 

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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!

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Here's where your money will go:
 
Prosthetist Consultant
$500
Documentation
$1,500
Model Stipend ($500 each)
$2,500
Artist Fee
$1,000

Materials (steel, welding gas, consumables)
$2,800
Installation (2 assistants to help install and de-install)
$500
Photo Printing (and test prints)
$900
 
Publicity and Promotion (Postcards, posters, social media ads)
$300

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

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Thank you in advance!

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

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Altered Aesthetics is receiving tons of recognition and moving to multiple galleries over the next few months - Scroll down for all the upcoming events and mark your calendar accordingly!


Thank you to all who came to the opening reception for Altered Aesthetics at Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center. What an incredible evening that was!

If you haven't been to the show yet, there's still plenty of time to see it. The exhibition is on view there until November 21 with open gallery hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-8 pm, or by appointment (contact 612.294.0400)

And then it's on the move to other venues!


Save the Date(s):

October 13, 5-7 pm
Artist Talk and Q&A with models at Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center

November 23 - December 8
The full series will be exhibited at the 410 Project in Mankato

November 30, 7-9 pm
Opening reception at the 410 Project

December 18 - April 30
An excerpt from the series will be shown as part of Made Here MN (storefront window display at 730 Hennepin Ave)

I'll be announcing more exciting news in the coming weeks, so check your e-mail inbox and visit my pages on facebook, and instagram!


GoFund Me Updates

I have been blown away by all of your support over the last 9 months of fundraising. In total, you helped raise $5,402 towards the goal of changing how people see disability.

I will officially be closing the GoFund Me campaign on Tuesday 10/2 at midnight. Any last minute donations will go towards future exhibition expenses - Thank you all!

If you haven't yet received your thank you gift, it will be on its way soon. With so many donors, I fell a bit behind but am catching up now!

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.
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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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