We are a small press that creates zines, various publications, runs workshops, an online course, and artist residencies based on radical embodiment. We collect stories and make space for different voices and believe that "together" is the way home. OBIYB is a space for womxn and queer people to feel supported and together. We are walking this road too because we're in this with you.
On Being in Your Body is about reclamation, discovering, remembering, taking back what was taken from us. And writing, writing, writing ourselves. It's about shifting our narratives from victim to warrior, taking up space and subverting resistance with empathy, compassion and vulnerability. OBIYB is here to hold space and to fill up space in bodies that deserve to feel safe in their skin. We are here to question everything and acknowledge our own experiences while believing and honoring the experiences of others.
*It's a strange thing to write a bio of a project that feels so intertwined with who we are as humans, artists and friends. Do we speak of our friendship and the quiet depth of intimacy we felt upon first meeting? How we cried and talked for hours about our ideas, stopping to exclaim over and over, "me too!" as we spoke? And how does one articulate this symbiotic marriage of ideas, concepts and talents without at once bursting into tears for the joy of it all? Do we speak of our graduate work and professional experiences, using words like ephemera, aggregate and interdisciplinary like the usual cerebral academic? Or do we make inappropriate jokes and laugh at how we're both painfully human trying to get our shit together? Because we are, we're all of it and all at once. Do we keep asking questions because we're too multiplicitous to contain, or settle at simplicity? We're figuring that out. This is us. This is On Being in Your Body. We are sappy, superfluous academics that are passionate about the pursuit of coming home to ourselves and each other. We think crying is brave and breathing is essential. We live to move and flow. Our bodies are our home.
We built this project out of our mutual experiences and personal practices. It's everything we have been looking for, everything we've tried to create on our own, but were somehow missing a crucial piece of the puzzle (each other).
WRITER + COUNSELOR
Victoria's work centers around understanding and transforming trauma, somatic writing, and the art of embodiment as reclamation. She's dedicated to deconstructing the performance of being human and what it means to have a body. Overcoming complex PTSD and living with a chronic illness, Victoria was deeply called towards helping people overcome life's adversity by cultivating a rooted connection to their body and coping through self-exploratory writing.
Find Victoria's adventures on Instagram.
ARTIST + DESIGNER
ST. LOUIS, MO
Caitlin spends her time exploring self portraiture, writing manifestos and deconstructing the subjugation and disembodiment of the female form. Her work revolves around multiplicity of identity, anxiety and claiming ones self through movement, nature and art making. She is a tender queer, that wants to fuck shit up with empathy.
She can be found over sharing her emotions on instagram.