Lisa Mendez is "Tentatively Titled" Lisa Mendez is "Tentatively Titled"
Lisa Mendez graduated in May 2011 with a B.F.A. in art with a focus on photography and a minor in WS. During her time at NMSU, Mendez has been the unoffical artist in residence for the WSP. Here is the artist's statement and images from "Tentatively Titled."
It started with a physical change- my body shedding inches and losing weight. As a result, I gained confidence in the "new person" I have become, both physically and emotionally. Yet, the psychological fusion of my new body with my old thoughts has proven to be an arduous process. While I have made great efforts to engage in an active lifestyle and challenge my comfort level of my own nudity, I continue to experience a conundrum. The development of my "new" outward appearance has not necessarily reconciled with the thought process I've engaged in prior to this evolution, which often included wavering thoughts concerning my body image and womanhood.
"Tentatively Titled" offers me the opportunity to engage viewers in the documentation of a continuing life-changing process. This body of work includes excerpts from diary entries I have written within the last year in which I discuss my changing appearance, and the self-imposed responsibility that comes with it, while the images offer you the opportunity to experience my journey in a visually intimate manner.