Some people are embarrassed by their flaws. They try to hide it under masks of makeup or layers of clothes. But one artist is taking those flaws and putting them out in the open, celebrating them, embracing them.
The artist Zinteta, who's real name is Cinta Tort Cartró, has been using stretch marks as her canvas. Her colorful creations turn an otherwise embarrassing problem into literal works of art. Instead of covering up stretch marks, they are embraced.
Tort Cartró started pondering why she felt "pressured" to do specific things when it came to her body, such as covering up stretch marks. Tort Cartró realized she needed to try to love her body more. And so, she started painting.
Stretch marks aren't the only taboo topic that Tort Cartró turns into art. The artist is also attempting to normalize and celebrate menstruation through vivid technicolor. Additionally, Tort Cartró has created her own rendition of the "#freethenipple" movement by photographing women with flowers covering their breasts.
Tort Cartró has titled her series dedicated to menstruation "#manchoynomedoyasco," which translates to "I stain myself, and I'm not grossed out by it." To her, it is no big deal. "We live in 2017. Why is there still stigma revolving around periods?" said Tort Cartró.
Tort Cartró is more than just an artist. She's an educator. Tort Cartró, who lives in a small town outside of Barcelona, says that she's using her art to educate her community about feminism. Additionally, her colorful creations serve as a way for her to protest sexism.
"This started a stage in my artistic career where I began to show every aesthetic pressure that against women and non-normative bodies," says Tort Cartró. "Maybe that inspiration led me to transform stretch marks into art, to work with colour and have the ability to make people reflect on the beauty that they have."
The project quickly turned into something more for Tort Cartró. Her act of self-expression became an act of resistance. "It all started as a form of expression, but it quickly turned into social commentary of the male-dominated culture we live in," she said.
Tort Cartró's work has a personal resonance for her. "I grew up feeling sometimes out of place. I'm tall and big, so it's important for me to state in my art that everyone is beautiful and those 'flaws' are not that," she said. "They make us unique and special.”
Tort Cartró is using her voice to say something. "There are many things happening in my town that I couldn't be silent on, such as the male microaggression toward the female body. I know there are countries that have it worse than here in Spain, but I couldn't stay silent," says Tort Cartró. Powerful!
While some people might be repulsed by her work, Tort Cartró ultimately wants to unify people through it. "We must work together to break aesthetic norms so all people have the ability to love themselves and accept themselves as they are and that we can love ourselves," says Tort Cartró. "Loving yourself is a revolutionary act."
At 21-years-old, Tort Cartró recently graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in teaching. She plans on pursuing a master's degree in illustration. We can't wait to see what she does next!