From the Venus series
In 2012 I wanted to pay a tribute to the Eva Green “Venus” scene from the 2003 Bernardo Bertolucci film: The Dreamers.
As I don’t use Photoshop or ambitious editing software, I wrapped a model in black leg and arm warmers that cyclists wear in cold temperatures and shot her against a black background—echoing the darkened doorway that Green emerged from in the film.
What started as a simple tribute evolved to a more powerful metaphor in my mind. I started thinking of the classical Greek and Roman female nude statues and the vandalism they suffered as symbols of oppression. For example:
It’s okay to commit violence against women.
That female beauty, as powerful as it is, can be subjugated.
That female beauty is by nature sinful. (Think of the religious fanaticism that exists to this day)
That female beauty is narrowly defined by the concept of an “ideal” figure.
That female beauty is exclusively physical.
That it’s never good to be put on a pedestal.
Models: Glass Olive (top) Mae (bottom)