Lydia Ramsdell

An exploration of embodiment, “Sugar Puddin’” functions as a form of self-reconciliation while simultaneously creating space for those who have felt discomfort living in what a Western, patriarchal society would deem a “perfect’’ body. Referencing my southern upbringing and experiences with internalized misogyny, these diaphanous, inviting images draw in viewers and only later reveal their true subject. By prompting the viewer to move past their initial reaction to the delicate aesthetics of the work, I compel them to confront their own biases and prejudices surrounding beauty and health. 

Lydia Ramsdell (b. 2001) is an artist and photographer making images about the temporal nature of the human experience, primarily focusing on the intimacies of inhabiting a physical body.