Woman No. 5 and Other Nude Art

Woman No. 5, mixed media, 2021

I recently acquired some fun new source materials, including a book titled, 1000 Nudes: A History of Erotic Photography from 1839-1939. And I have to say, it’s a lovely book. The introduction gives a brief but informative history of the first erotic photographs, and the images are of a very high quality. I’m thinking of getting a second copy for the coffee table…and I’m also thinking of purchasing a copy of Taschen’s Erotica Universalis, which could add an intriguing new dimension to my collage practice.

But, I digress. A bit about the nudes in this post. Woman No. 5 was the first time I tried painting with ashes (that is, dipped a paint brush in glue, then into a bowl of ash, and “painted” with it), and I have to say, I am really happy with the way it turned out. She’s a new favorite of mine.

Woman No. 4, paper collage, 2021

I got the idea for Woman No. 4 just as I was waking a few mornings ago. (I love it when that happens.) She arrived in my mind fully formed, and I knew I had to bring her to life.

And I’m in Love with You, paper collage, 2021

Also–and I think this is worth mentioning–I am about to start reading Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estรฉs (I actually cannot wait to start it), as I’ve been reflecting quite a bit lately on what it means for a woman to truly โ€œgrow into herselfโ€ as she matures, to become more expansive, more comfortable in her own skin, in her creativity, her vitality, and her sexuality. I like to think these collages somehow inform that study, much like The most beautiful age is this one. Expect a prose post on the subject very soon.

Ask Me No Questions, I’ll Tell You No Lies, paper collage, 2021

Prints for all of the artwork above are available in my Etsy shop.

14 thoughts on “Woman No. 5 and Other Nude Art

  1. Congratulations, L. Although nude is one of the most transversal genres in the history of art, you have managed to bring a new and original facet by poetically capturing them in these beautiful collages.

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  2. So I absolutely love what you are doing with your collages! Nudes, the female form has always been something I’m drawn too. Something deep within me that I have developed over time. I have quite the collection of female nude photography and I have also had a photographer capture my own body free of cloth and inhibition…one of the most memorable moments of my life. I will definitely check out the “1000 Nudes” and Erotica Universalis ๐Ÿ™‚ as I love history and the development of the nude and the absolute breathtaking capturing of it.
    And I think it’s fantastic that you woke to the idea of Woman No. 4…this also has happened to me with my writing and I always try to quickly capture the waking thought before it disappears and is lost..and I think I am going to have to purchase Woman No. 5…she’s perfect and a great addition to The Most Beautiful Age is This One. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I’ve read “Women Who Run With the Wolves”! You will love it!

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    1. Thank you very much! I, too, have always been drawn to the female form–vintage photographs and early nudes, in particular, as there is something marvelously (and refreshingly) un-stylized about them. But more than that, I think working with the female form, as an artist, helps me tap into something within myself. It’s very much a spiritual exercise, if that makes sense. (I often think of those sudden bursts of inspiration–either in dreams or just on waking–as a kind of spiritual experience, too. Like a gift. And like you, I have to remind myself sometimes that it’s imperative to write/sketch them before they disappear, especially in the middle of the night.)
      I admire you for having the courage to model. I imagine that must have been a truly vitalizing experience.
      Also, I spent a lot of time with “Women Who Run with the Wolves” yesterday, and I do love it so far! I thank you for purchasing a print. Woman No. 5 is my favorite of the bunch here, and I’m delighted she resonates with you. Thank you for the wonderful comment, and I hope you have a great week, my friend! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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