The art of Hannah Block (her artwork is at left) and Isabelle Sanchez depicts the personal struggle of bulimia, anorexia and eating disorders through photography, mixed media, painting, drawing and writing. City Lights Gallery is hosting an exhibit of their works, marking a milestone in the young artists’ lives as they embark on a new phase, going off to college to further their develop their creativity and talent.
Their show opens with a reception 5-8 p.m. Friday. Aug. 5. It closes Aug. 22.
Hannah Block and Isabelle Sanchez graduated this year from Amity Regional High School. Hannah began focusing on her photography in her late sophomore year and will attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. Isabelle also began concentrating on art, stressing drawing and painting, in her sophomore year and will attend Rhode Island School of Design.
“We want to give a voice to eating disorders. We believe this is a ubiquitous and current issue, and often misrepresented,” says their mission statement. “Each of us draws from our personal experiences to open a dialogue with the viewer.”
Hannah puts her emphasis on infusing her pieces with an ambiguous, abstract quality.
“My goal is to lead the viewer to draw from their own experiences and interpret my art in a way pertinent to their lives. I use the female figure as the subject matter to depict emotions deeper than what lies on the surface,” she says.
Isabelle is specifically interested in bulimia.
“Through my art, I want to destroy the notion that bulimia revolves around purging,” she says. “Instead, I want to illustrate the self-hate, loneliness, secrets, confusion, and distortion, which truly define bulimia. I hope my art shows that the viewer can relate with the emotions that motivate bulimia.”