get naked or leave: part III

There comes a point in every relationship that one has to make a conscious decision if it is worth the effort and act accordingly. 12.5in x 9.5in 2008
There comes a point in every relationship that one has to make a conscious decision if it is worth the effort and act accordingly. 12.5in x 9.5in 2008
Eros, 24in x 12in mixed media collage on canvas, 2012
Eros, 24in x 12in mixed media collage on canvas, 2012

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?

Pleasure without Conscience I, 2010
Pleasure without Conscience I, 2010

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.

Commerce without Morality I, 2010
Commerce without Morality I, 2010

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.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. wordsfallfrommyeyes says:

    Your little photo of you is awesome. Being part b/w and part colour, part flesh colour, part b/w flesh – and the downward angle. It’s just great.

    As for your blog, I really enjoyed it. And the art is just beautiful. Lovely.

    1. Thank you so much. Andi is a very talented photographer and it was so kind of him to let me digitally play with his images of me. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I really appreciate it.

  2. annisik51 says:

    Well I’m sure I don’t have to say this but … for the record, I agree, except where getting nude or naked – or anything – is used to harm and exploit the vulnerable. I think that is at the heart of most reasonable objections. So I aint leaving, but I’ll keep my clothes on for the moment on account of the weather!

    I liked your Paris blog by the way and the photo was exquisite.

    Ann

    1. Of course, you are completely correct. I agree with you 100%. It is tricky when writing posts I have found, though– to sort of account for every possible variable that people may think of/or interpret when they read my blog. If that makes sense? And of course–you are more than welcome to stay, fully clothed–enjoy.:)

  3. Laura Davies says:

    As an artist, and as a person viewing art I have to say I too really appreciate the naked human form, there is something strong in the vulnerabillity of the nakedness, if that makes sense? It is something so much more than just being naked, and not just to attract sexually or otherwise. I once read this lovely quote about an artists business: “It is his business to find essences in surfaces, and what more attractive and challenging surface than the skin around a soul?” Richard Corliss. Which is so right, the only thing wrong with it, it presumes the artist is a he!

    1. That does completely make sense. And I agree with you, the artist wouldn’t necessarily be a “he”, but that is okay–the quote is certainly fitting, and inspiring.

  4. The human mind and body is the ultimate creation, and some are amazing to look at and admire ( mine not being one of those), but some are to be admired, where others need to just cover up! LOL
    Thanks!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I do think the ideal human form can certainly be admired–but I think there is also an aesthetic beauty and interest in our imperfections as well.

  5. Alice says:

    love the fishbowl! :)

  6. authormbeyer says:

    I am basically a dirty old man, coming here to see your artwork just because of the word naked… But you make me blush as much with pleasure as with shame. There is something deeply poetic about being human and being naked. I like your take on the aesthetics of it. Of course I never went through with the posing nude for $10 dollars thing in college as an art student. If I had done that, and somebody had drawn me accurately, there would have been a lot more blind alumni coming out of Iowa State University in the 1970’s.

    1. Well, in all fairness, it was double minimum wage for me, so about $14 an hour–which is still the highest hourly wage I have made yet. :)

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