The female form beautiful. I know the male form has its own beauty, but personally, I’m more drawn to the softer, graceful aesthetic of the female body.
Art and nudity. It feels impossible to define a concrete distinction between the artistic and the pornographic. That debate is for some other humans at some other time. I’m not attempting to define that fine line–even on my own terms or regarding my own work. The line between the artistic and vulgar when depicting the naked human form lies in extensive shades of grey.
If a particular form of art is not pleasing to you (or if you don’t consider it art) then don’t waste your time or energy viewing it. That feels simple? There is plenty of art I don’t like, and that’s okay.
I won’t waste my time trying to argue the complete absurdity of a conservative belief that all nudity equals pornography. (I have actually met people who believe that?) I know I won’t change their minds, and they certainly won’t change mine. Because that concept is, well, ridiculous.
The nude human form has been depicted since the creation of artistic imagery. I simply don’t understand the need to scandalize nudity based solely on its own existence. Should the Louvre institute an 18 or older section dedicated to all images with nudity—since the naked body in paintings and sculpture is obviously inappropriate for all those aged 17 and younger? What about architecture and public sculpture? Should we remove the genitals of all nude sculpture within public view? (Like the lovely misleadingly anatomically incorrect Ken doll forms from my childhood, and probably current childhoods? I think Ken is still a thing. Barbie is still a thing, so Ken is probably still a thing.)
I suppose my point is, I love the human form. I love the aesthetic beauty of the naked body.
I’m not going to be ashamed of that appreciation. Humans are beautiful in their perfections and imperfections—it’s incredible how one basic form can be mechanical, strong, sensual, awkward, idyllic, and fragile.
I try to embrace that—its definition, literal and metaphorical, both in my art and my life.