Facials and Nudes

The activity of appropriating an image intended for an exclusive male gaze, and re– locating the male nude as a form of female pleasure, whether taken from the fact that a woman has painted the image, or by allowing the female viewer a rare chance to look in an active sense, thereby displacing the many assumptions which hold sacred the notion that the look is always structured as male.

After working on the series of male nudes, I painted some female nudes, again the original source material came from playing cards. My intention was to reverse the expected masculine reading. In one particular scenario a woman lies face-up in the surf at the edge of the sea, she smiles invitingly. In order to give a pornographic

My intention was to reverse the expected masculine reading. In one particular scenario a woman lies face-up in the surf at the edge of the sea, she smiles invitingly. In order to give a pornographic reading, the image is cropped,a sense of place excluded, the drops of surf on her torso could without too much of a leap of imagination be construed as semen.

My painting was an attempt to return the woman back to the sensuous ,to give back her autonomy

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