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Clarity Haynes, Grace, 2019, oil on linen, 62 × 62".

Clarity Haynes, Grace, 2019, oil on linen, 62 × 62".

Clarity Haynes

Denny Dimin Gallery

A pair of hairy, pendulous tits and a huge belly marred by stretch marks, drooping skin, fresh bruises, and old wounds: This is a general yet reasonably accurate description of an obese, middle-aged physique—one that belongs to me, a gay man.

I see myself reflected in the luminous portraits of nonbinary, trans, and female torsos—fat, scarred, imperfect—by Clarity Haynes. But in her pictures, I don’t find shame or self-loathing—feelings I imagine those with nonnormative bodies, like mine, must struggle with. Obviously, I have no idea what the artist’s models might think about themselves, or how comfortable they are in their own skins. Yet I have a sense of what Haynes feels about them—her affection is deep, abiding, and clear.

The figurative oil paintings in Haynes’s exhibition at Denny Dimin Gallery—organized by Benjamin Tischer via his curatorial enterprise, New Discretions—were part of a

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