Restrained portrays my own relationship with the thread, food, and my body. Many times during my life, I’ve felt restrained by my own clothes, sometimes even suffocated. In this sculpture, I expose intimate feelings, putting into matter my vulnerability and insecurities. I chose the material because of how the weight and stiffness of plaster express how I’ve felt about my body in some periods of my life. I’ve always struggled with emotional eating disorders, and my weight has fluctuated a lot over the years.
Growing up in a family of cooks and food lovers, I was taught that food represents love and comfort. While working on this piece, my parents were visiting, and I asked my father to help me. I decided to use the same technique my father used to tie meat as it represented the best way to help it stay in shape.