Freshman at Bergen Community College

Finally Seeing Through the Crumbled Statue
Digital Illustration

Tatyanna Ortega is a Trinidadian and Peruvian illustrator who was raised in Englewood, NJ. Finally Seeing Through the Crumbled Statue is a portrait that explores forms of love, anger, jealousy, and self-consciousness in relation to body image and beauty standards for women of color. The illustration depicts a woman who beheads a greek statue, which has historically been deemed the ideal representation of the human form. The woman finds herself in an internal conflict where she simultaneously wishes to dismantle this beauty standard and envies the body in front of her. While her desire to shatter the statue is stemming from a place of wanting to be seen and appreciated for who she is, she continues to struggle with her internal desires to fulfill what is considered ideal.