Get ready for the week ahead and have a lovely weekend!
DISCLAIMER: NUDITY….But you already knew that since most of my blog features a boob or two at some point. Ha!
So, the title of this post really says it all.
FEAST. YOUR. EYES. ON. THIS….below.
Always slightly disturbing, ever-erotic, pulsating and provocative.
Photography by Steven Meisel
The last few days have given me perspective…in a way like I’ve been self-exposed, hence, the title of this post.
I’ve been able to view my work in its entirety and just sit down, look at the whole picture and work out what it is I want to create and why.
And, I have.
And so, my inspiration is constantly evolving. Photographs of landscapes give me inspiration for colour palettes whilst artworks provide me insight into how a conceptual viewpoint can be presented.
I’ve collated some of my latest finds in the form of photographs, typography, layout and style so you can see what’s inspiring me to want to create my best work possible.
Perspective and time have been just what I’ve needed.
Inspiration seems to be flowing and I’m excited to see where it takes me.
My investigation into the skin is continuing as my fascination grows in uncovering how it is that the skin has the capacity to become the dress code for the external self.
I’ve collected more images as I’m surrounded by inspiration at every turn.
Through body modification, the body can now be seen ‘as malleable, as an unfinished entity that can be sculpted, moulded, altered and transformed’ (Blackman 2008, p. 26), like never before.
This is what I want my work to be a representation of; to portray how art can manipulate, re-engineer, sculpt, mould and re-invent how the body is seen as a physical entity and how it is interpreted as a psychological being.
Below are some images which relate to where I’m headed in my research.
Series: ‘Skin Tone Fashion’
Photography: Christopher Kutner
For those of you that love type design, you just have to check out Gemma O’Brien…a.k.a ‘Mrs Eaves’.
Check out her blog here
The video below shows her ‘Write Here, Right Now’ video which made her famous worldwide.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve become more interested in looking at our skin as a dress code for the external self.
Researching how it is that we create ‘skins’ to clothe the body and our psychological and physical selves, is inspiring me to want to create a publication which visually explores this idea, as “the desire to be self-made…[is an] everyday expectation of the modern individual’ (Finkelstein 2007, p. 132)
Examining how the skin has become a fashionable dress code for the external self, I take heed of the theoretical work of Siebers, who contends that,
“if aesthetics and the human body are inseparable, it is because art is the process by which the body attempts to modify itself – and this process is a crucial factor in human history. For bodies that possess the desire to transform themselves go by a special name. They are called human beings’ (Siebers 2000, p. 3)
With these ideas in mind, I’ve collected a few images, which are guiding me towards this investigation…
I stumbled across this really interesting video by Scott Schuman of the blog The Sartorialist.
Take a look for yourselves…
It’s funny how different pieces of inspiration are presented to you…
I’ve documented throughout this blog various mentors and visual inspiration and just last week, I blogged about my chosen muse, the ridiculously gorgeous and grungy rock-chick, Alice Dellal.
So on the weekend when I made a trip to Magnation, it was like I was in visual inspiration heaven…countless publications displayed on the walls, many of which consist of truly spectacular fashion photography and conceptual ideas. It was here that I picked up INDUSTRIE magazine (yup, current mag obsession!). With a fabulous image of Italian Vogue’s editor, Franca Sozzani on the cover and minimal text, I love everything about this publication – from its clear aesthetic and style, size and dimension, use of different paper stocks and inclusion of various fashion photographers. So, L-O-V-E, L-O-V-E, L-O-V-E. Did I mention current mag obsession? Oh yes, I did….Okay, let’s continue then!
When I got home, I read through the magazine and took particular interest in the written words and the fantastic fashion photography. I come across a shoot entitled ‘No Chateau’, photographed by one of my mentors, Juergen Teller. Even before I realised it was Teller’s work, I fell in love with the images. So, you can imagine how much more in love I fell when I realised that Teller had photographed my muse, Alice Dellal, in this shoot too! Let’s just say the best way to describe the images created….well, maybe you should just have a look for yourself…because really, it’s simply art on a page. Dellal’s grungy aesthetic is emphasised by Teller’s use of lighting and location for the shoot which looks to be amongst an overgrown forest and worn tree trunks.
It’s raw, it’s real and it’s authentic. Three qualities I wish to pursue throughout my major project.
So, take a look for yourself…you’ll see what I mean.