I have always found the female form gorgeous. The male from has its beauty as well, but I personally am more drawn to the aesthetic of the female body.
Art and nudity are interesting. It is impossible to define a concrete distinction between the artistic and the pornographic. Therefore, I am not attempting to create such a definition, even on my own terms. The line between the artistic and vulgar when depicting the naked form lies in extensive shades of grey. Nor will I waste my time trying to argue my views to someone as conservative as to believe that all nudity equals pornography. In the same way that I know I will not change their minds, they will certainly not change mine. However, I do find it disheartening to live in a society that casts such a negative stigma on nudity. The nude human form has been depicted since the creation of artistic imagery. I simply don’t understand the need to conceal or scandalize it. If a particular form of art is not pleasing to you (or if you don’t consider it art) than don’t waste your time or energy viewing it. Simple?
The nude form is everywhere. 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 androgynous Ken doll forms from my childhood)? In turn, due to our societies incessant sexualization of breasts, it would be to keep those well hidden also.
I suppose my point is that I love the human form. I love the aesthetic beauty of the naked body, in both its idealized and flawed forms. I see no shame in that. Humans are beautiful in their perfections and imperfections—it is incredible how one basic form can be mechanical, sensual, strong, awkward, idyllic and fragile. I don’t think naked is a curse word, I embrace it—its definition, literal and metaphorical.
Ultimately, in my life and in my work there is a choice—get naked or leave.
I chose to get naked.