There are two different portraits of Telisha.
There is one set up which is about going inside, embracing her Vitiligo.
Showing that she owns her Vitiligo, not the other way around.
The other set up is more about identity, about this terrible idea we build as a kid as far as what we are supposed to look like or try to look as close as possible to...
Barbie is a big icon of beauty for little girls. Telisha was very familiar with that doll and therefore to what that doll does to us at a young age in terms of self acceptance.
So we decided to have a little revenge even if in the end...we are still fond of it.
It takes time to accept yourself, to realize that you are unique, beautiful and will be even if you don't wear make up, a blond pony tail, high heals, and aren't skinny.
It is certainly not easy either when you have Vitiligo and people look at you like you are an alien and or make hurtful remarks.
One of the messages behind the facemotions portraits you see at www.stefo.com is that we are unique and similar.
What makes us human beings are our conscience, our ability to feel and our ability to feel for one another because we can relate to one another
- regardless of skin color, age, culture differences. The representation of a feeling onto the skin is an accent made in order point at what already occurs and can be shared: the human experience we have in common. From there, empathy can occur.
I hope that with my serie of people with Vitiligo, one will have a different look at people who suffer from it, that hopefully, the people who didn't know about it get used to the idea that it exists, will be visually more familiar with it, and since it is not easy to be stared at, that a smile and a hello might certainly be welcomed.
As it usual is for all of us.
Here is Telisha in her own words:
I have been living in Brooklyn, New York for 25 years.
I would describe myself as an imperfect soul living in an imperfect world.
I have had Vitiligo for over 10 years and it's been a bitter sweet experience.
At a young age, I dealt with suicidal depression but over the years, my Vitiligo has given me tough skin.
I have realized that in life, you will deal with many issues you can allow to drag you or drive you.
I have chosen to let it drive me into living a full and genuine happy life.
The Telisha D. Gibson Project Inc. is an online support group for people dealing with Vitiligo.
I have always said that Vitiligo is art in a human form. And Stephanie Corne made that vision come through for me with her Facemotions.
My facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/ATSwork
Stephanie Corne is an artist who lives in Brooklyn NY. You can see her work at www.stephaniecorne.com