Submitted. An art submission by an Abbotsford artist is one of three top entries in a Province-wide mural contest held by Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign and the Vancouver Graffiti Management Team.
Amy Guenther placed third with her submission and will have her art displayed at the October 2014 Eating Disorders Association of Canada (EDAC) Conference taking place in Vancouver and will receive free admission to the EDAC Pre-Conference, October 5, 2014.
The contest explored the question, What does love our bodies, love ourselves mean to you?
In a description submitted with her artwork, Guenther said:
“Self-image is not just about looking in the mirror and not hating your reflection. Having a good self-image is about opening your mind to see your potential in life, seeing the beauty inside and outside of you. We are here on purpose and for a purpose, we are the hope and beauty of tomorrow. I believe that my painting illustrates how we can surround ourselves with positivity to overcome any darkness. The colors and chaos surrounding my character show the beauty you can see in yourself when you search to find it. We must accept our individuality, and in doing so embrace every flaw that makes us who we are! It is in the chaos of our minds that we find perfection. Beautiful perfection is not about society’s standards; it is about valuing our individuality.”
The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is a BC Province wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem. The initiative is led by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program at Family Services of the North Shore in collaboration with Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Looking Glass Foundation, St. Paul ’s Specialized Adult Eating Disorder Program, BC Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program, Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses and Project True. PEDAW is launched the first full week in February with activities and events taking place throughout the year.