My current work is concerned with a different face of masculinity and seeks to re-configure the male in art and how this translates into the aesthetics of a pictorial image.
It explores female desire and male vulnerability. The man is in the position of the observed rather than the observer. It isn’t an attempt to do a role reversal and objectify the male but to illuminate aspects of male character little seen on public view.
It is the antithesis of the active male hero. He caught at a moment of repose, unguarded and relaxed. The sitter wasn’t comfortable about his identity being revealed, but this discretion in the poses imparts vulnerability to them. Although his face cannot be seen the model’s awareness of the viewer and his bare nakedness in ‘Modesty’, is shown by his hand shielding his genitals. Composed of close up parts of the body, the viewer is invited be drawn into the scene and inhabit the landscape of the body.
Size: 25cm x 21cm
This is an original artwork and will be supplied with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist Barbara Shepard.
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