This project deals with the fragmentation of the body, forcing the audience to reconsider how they view the human form. It is also a reaction to the 2008 essay by Germaine Greer, The Connection Between Art and Exhibitionism.
In this essay Greer criticises the female artist for using her own form or identity within her work. This project marks the first time I have used my own body, and the reasoning for this has always been my lack of confidence and imperfections. After reading this work I felt Greer had missed the point. We can all use models and mannequins, but does this really represent real life? Using yourself takes confidence, and you are inviting the audience to critique your appearance or personality. I feel that takes courage rather than an excess of ego.
I often reference classical art in my own works, rather than contemporary, and in this project I found myself looking closely at the works of Edgar Degas, in particular his paintings depicting women drying themselves after bathing. I found these images to be far more intimate, and displaying far more vulnerability than any nude or self portrait I had seen before and felt this imagery was a good contrast to the solidity of the pieces.