The University Record, March 4, 2002

The power of self-esteem

Nancy Lautenbach’s interactive papier-mâché sculpture is based on the ‘ideal’ female figure. Eating Disorders and Prevention, a national non-profit organization, defines ideal as size 12–14, in contrast to the image popular women’s magazines promote.

The exhibition encourages viewers to write down feelings about their bodies and place them in the cutout on the figure. The form was created with the aid of Brian Tubbs’ Experimental Art Class at Alice Lloyd Hall and students from SPEAK (Students Promoting Eating Disorder Education and Awareness and Knowledge). It focuses on body image issues, self-esteem and wounding. Lautenbach is a program specialist with Arts at Michigan and a Master’s of Fine Arts candidate at Goddard College in Vermont. This, and a like sculpture, will be located at the Michigan Union and Pierpont Commons during Eating Disorders Awareness Week, March 10–15. (Photos at right by Nancy Lautenbach; photo at left by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)