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.
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.
Also–and I think this is worth mentioning–I am about to start reading Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés (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 “grow into herself” 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.
Prints for all of the artwork above are available in my Etsy shop.