In my work I explore plus size women and the idea of beauty. This work comes from a long term lack of acceptance, externally and internally. These felted figures allowed me to study my body in a way that removes the ‘fix-it’ mentality and focuses on basic shapes, lines, and textures devoid of criticism of the subject itself. On the back of the figures appear two different scenes adapted from memories of Northern Minnesota in my childhood, one with warmer sunrise tones and vibrant colors and the other with deep blues and muted purples. I created this set using an aluminum wire frame and corriedale wool.
Jane Speier is a sculptor based in Lincoln, Nebraska. In her work, she explores nature and the female form (specifically plus size women), in a variety of materials including aluminum, wool, clay, and found materials. Jane is a senior at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln studying sculpture and mathematics and the recipient of the Scarlet Scholarship, the Ruth Leverton Scholarship, as well as the L&J Chemistry Fund. She has exhibited works at the University of Nebraska in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery.