Emily Tatford

Area: Putney

Type: Artist / Individual

Art form: Painting

Body Image 4.0
Body Image 4.0
Body Image 1.0
Body Image 1.0
Body Image 2.0
Body Image 2.0
Body Image 3.0
Body Image 3.0
The full body image series to date
The full body image series to date

Biography / Artist statement

Emily Tatford is a London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London graduate, who now specialises in contemporary oil paintings and female figurative art. Emily’s paintings are designed to be bright, bold, proud and playful, with the sole goal of highlighting the beauty in the subject.

Emily focuses on celebratory, happy and positive artworks and her first project is the Body Image series, raising money for Beat Charity, who supported her to recover from a 5 year battle with an eating disorder as a young adult.

The Body Image series concept:
Too many of us settle for a life of comparing ourselves to societies standards of 'fit', 'good,' or 'perfect'. If we don't feel we comply with these (completely fake) beauty standards we beat ourselves down, push for more and wish we could change. A scarily high percentage of behaviour develops into obsession and disorder. Regardless of the severity, this line of thought leads to the belief that we will never love our bodies, and unless something changes, this is just the way it is.

The models of this project are all women close to Emily, who were briefed to supply an image of a body part that fits one of the following: something I love, something I wish I loved, or something I hate. The outcome has been a great success, aiding conversation in the social community.

Participant testimonies include:
“It really has made me feel really good and it’s made me think of how much I didn’t used to like my body. I was so obsessed with wanting change, but now I like myself. Thanks Em for doing this.”

Why do you love Wandsworth?

I love the community feel in Putney – there’s always a hustle and bustle on the high street, but I can then just walk round the corner to the embankment and take a walk by the river. I’m so lucky to have been in such a beautiful place during lockdown.