07/09/2012 04:53 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Heather Cassils Creates Visual Options With Her Body

Heather Cassils is a performance artist and body builder who uses her body to investigate issues related to gender, mass consumption and the industrial production of images. Her conceptual pieces, which have been performed in museums and galleries around the world, also highlight transgender or "genderqueer" themes. For "Cuts: A Traditional Sculpture," she spent 23 weeks documenting herself building her body to its maximum capacity by following a strict weightlifting regime, consuming the caloric intake of a 190-male athlete and taking mild steroids.

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