Embraced Beauty - 14" x 14"


“The experience was freeing and uplifting in a way I did not expect and most definitely cherish, I am grateful I faced my fear and embraced the beauty of my body and all it has provided to me. I have a newfound love for my womanly appearance including all my flaws and perceived imperfections. Seeing the initial photos gave me a new appreciation for my natural form and a welcome confidence and contentment.”

-liberated model

THE BODY PROJECT: collection description 

In "THE BODY PROJECT," Mary-Jo Lough examines the complex interplay of self-perception, societal expectations, and the evolving notions of beauty and identity. Through her artistic lens, she navigates the intricate terrain of body positivity and body neutrality, shedding light on the transformative journey toward self-acceptance and the redefinition of societal norms. This artistic journey is deeply personal, stemming from Mary-Jo's own struggles with body perception. Collaborating with the skilled photographer Kelly Szott and involving 12 courageous volunteer models, Mary-Jo translates her and her model's contemplations surrounding these profound concepts into a captivating collection.  Vulnerability, strength, and appreciation are intricately interwoven throughout THE BODY PROJECT. Each piece bears imprints of both the artist's journey and that of the models, serving as a roadmap for viewers to connect with and contemplate their own narratives, struggles, and triumphs.