About the Book
While my eating disorder began at the age of 13, I was formerly diagnosed with Anorexia with a Binge Purge Subset at the age of 17. My condition further developed into Bulimia two years later and then followed by Orthorexia within the following year. Since then, I have developed a distorted relationship with food, weight, and body image. My central problem was not so much the external physical ramifications of the illness, but rather the internalized psychological and emotional struggles that I have experienced. My insider artist-researcher approach is pertinent within this book since there is much need to give voice to those inflicted with eating disorders and to counterbalance the detached ‘clinical’ perceptions of the illness. The reality of living with the ‘inner torment’ deriving from these diseases is unbearable. It is incredibly difficult to express how having an eating disorder can impact the self-identity and self-image of someone who is ill. My art emerges from this personal experience of these eating disorders and how I represent my body within my artworks.
Author and Curator of The Starving Artist and One Body, My Body, No Body: An Auto-Ethnographic Investigation. Biography Ally Zlatar examines, instigates and provokes notions of the individual experience through specifically focusing on the philosophical discourse, body image and embodiment through contemporary figurative acrylic painting. She utilizes an auto-ethnographic approach to her painting with her personal narratives and experiences guiding her exploration of contemporary discourse. Zlatar acknowledges power within the un-well body and believes there is tremendous value and potency by examining these subjects through the contemporary art lens. Proceeds from publications go towards Ally Zlatar's "The Starving Artist" initiative which offers financial assistance for eating disorder in-patient treatment.