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Dec. 2, 2020 6:36 p.m.
Student uses heritage in art to challenge beauty standards, tackle social issues

Student artist Symphony Esqueda paints portraits of female bodies that emphasize realistic depictions instead of societal beauty standards through including stretch marks and natural body fat. She said she embraces her Chicana heritage in her art by painting the figures with darker skin tones. (Lauren Kim/Daily Bruin)

Portraits of nude bodies pique curiosity in Symphony Esqueda’s paintings, cultivating a platform for women of all bodies and sizes to be seen.
The first-year English student said she creates art from a place of overcoming her insecurities and addressing societal standards of the female body.

By Dana Binfet


Nov. 24, 2020 7:52 p.m.
Graduate theater project fosters connection despite challenges of virtual format

Traditional theater practices have taken an intermission this fall as UCLA’s graduate program in theater adapts to the virtual stage.
One of this year‘s MFA acting projects is an online production of an excerpt from José Rivera’s play, “Marisol,” which premiered live through YouTube on Nov.

By Eden Yeh

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