April 6, 2016

“Bulking is a Feminist Act” opens at the Lewis Center for the Arts

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present an exhibition of works on paper by senior Emily Chang, titled, “Bulking is a Feminist Act.” The exhibition will be on view in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street from April 11 through 15. A reception with the artist will be held on April 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

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One of senior Emily Chang’s drawings that will be exhibited in her show “Bulking is a Feminist Act.” Photo by Justin Goldberg

Chang, who is from Boston, is majoring in visual arts through a collaborative program between Princeton’s Department of Art and Archaeology and the Lewis Center’s Program in Visual Arts, which enables students to focus on studio practice.

The artist began seriously pursuing both powerlifting and art when she arrived at Princeton. She started a powerlifting team at the University with a friend who shared her new interest.

While she had been drawing since childhood, her exploration of the arts deepened through Lewis Center courses such as Eve Aschheim’s “Introduction to Painting” and Pam Lins’ “Advanced Painting,” and a course with Joe Scanlan, Director of the Program in Visual Arts, titled “Extraordinary Processes,” in which Chang created a weightlifting-inspired performance piece.

Her exhibition of mixed media drawings explore food and body obsessions, female athleticism, fitness and food. Bulking refers to the process of eating to gain weight and muscle.

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