Pedaling Backwards, Moving Forward: How to lose 100 pounds in 365 days 2009

Lindsay O’Leary
Gestures 13: July 24, 2009 – January 10, 2010
Materials
bicycle, generator, motor, lights, wood, plastic, sand, paint

This scale model of my childhood home represents my old self and old habits For years I had been twice the size of an...

Artist Statement

This scale model of my childhood home represents my old self and old habits. For 31 years, I had been twice the size of an average person. From birth (12 lbs, 4 oz) to adulthood (250-275 lbs), I had resigned to the fact I would always be the size of two people. Last July, a medical mystery was solved. With the help of a bicycle and medicine, I lost 100 pounds during the past year.

About the Artist

Lindsay O’Leary lives, works and plays in the Mexican War Streets. She has become one of those Pittsburghers who she swore she wouldn’t become by never crossing a river and is, mostly, at peace with this fact. Lindsay moved to Pittsburgh in 2002 to blow glass at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. She’ll still cross the Allegheny River once in a while to get to the glass studio.