Log in to post comments Academic Area Sculpture Degree MFA Year Graduated 2019 Social https://www.instagram.com/dimelzabroche/ Dimelza Broche is an Athens based Cuban artist. She attended the Leopoldo Romanach Academy of Art in Santa Clara, Cuba. She studied for two years at Florida State College of Jacksonville before transferring to the University of North Florida where she graduated with a BFA, focusing her undergraduate studies on painting, drawing, and printmaking. Broche has exhibited her work at Roberts Gallery, the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, the Wilson Center Gallery, The Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens, and at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington, DC. In 2011 she was the Grand Prize recipient of Momentum: a National Juried Exhibit for Emerging Artists with Disabilities. With her work, Broche examines the relationship between the disabled body and the standards for beauty and normalcy. Her sculptural installations titled, "The Problem Body," open the much-needed dialogue about this issue, inviting the viewer to take an extended look at what differs from the norm. By casting parts of her body in plaster, Broche presents the viewers with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the disabled figure, challenging them to reconsider not just beauty standards but what is normal in a society which places value on physical appearance. This allows the viewer to look at the disabled body without feeling the need to censure themselves on behalf of interpersonal courtesy.