Samantha Geballe: Self-Untitled

Opens November 16, 2017

Closes February 25, 2018

This is not another fat kid’s story. There are times when I do assume that role but it does not define me. I can find many reasons to explain why I ate, but it would be all too easy to displace blame. What people simply do not realize are the functions of obesity: I used my size, masked vulnerabilities, and created walls as a way to protect myself. It is how I survived as I hid behind my weight.

I make self-portraits in order to reverse perspective from how I see myself to my interpretation of how I am seen by others. SELF-UNTITLED envisions the feeling that false interpretation provokes, and speaks more broadly to the mistreatment of a person.

This is a body of work that requires fearlessness. I have had to set my doubts aside in order to convey my intended message. I think judgment of people derives from lack of understanding. My judgement emerges when I make conclusions about the present using my past experiences. This pattern is cyclical, but I can change the outcome by humanizing myself to others.

I have learned--and strive to depict in my art--that being vulnerable and forming connections can be healing. I share my body and my story not as a way to seek pity or define myself as a number, but as a venue for a viewer to say, “I’ve been there too.”

Samantha Geballe is an artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Art has been an interest of hers since early childhood, and she has always used creative expression to connect with others. Currently, Samantha’s work focuses on conceptual portraiture, allowing her to explore human emotion from the inside out. She is working on an on-going self-portrait series focused on self-image and healing that challenges viewers to question what is means to accept oneself.

All Exhibitions

Balancing Cultures
June 16, 2018 - August 12, 2018
Combat Camera
April 18, 2018 - May 31, 2018
November 16, 2017 - February 25, 2018
September 9, 2017 - November 11, 2017
July 22, 2017 - September 2, 2017
June 10, 2017 - July 16, 2017
Two Projects: An Overview
December 10, 2016 - March 19, 2017
Maximize Window
September 10, 2016 - November 19, 2016