Archive for November, 2010

Surrealist eyes and lips

November 21, 2010

As noted in The Surreal Body: Fetish and Fashion, lip and eyes were recurring vaginal symbols in many surrealist works.

Man Ray

Rene Magritte

I could potentially focus a few of my images on this theme? As eyes and lips are key highlighting points with makeup, it seems appropriate to at least take it into consideration.



November 15, 2010

An interesting combination of vulnerability, sexuality, and fashion is found in Julie Verhoeven’s work. I’ve been a fan of her since I was first introduced to her work a few years ago, and I think she’s an appropriate research subject for this project.

The use of line and colour in her images work so easily together that they are nearly indistinguishable from one another in certain images, and her fluid style of drawing seems fantastically detailed while actually leaving quite a few aspects of the drawing “technically” unfinished. The almost humorous emphasis placed upon sexual characteristics in some respects is interesting as well, in that it directly addresses the idea of the male gaze.

(Although, it is worth mentioning that the figures in her works seem to consistently display a sense of confidence, which is just about the opposite of what I’m going for.)


November 13, 2010

I adore Egon Schiele’s work.

Going back to the discussions I had with my peers, I think that I will now focus more on the psychological aspect of this issue, rather than literal depictions of my subject matter. The feeling that I want to get across is ultimately of the objectification and insecurity that result from being under constant scrutiny. In Schiele’s work, I think the combination of vulnerability and sexuality is captured perfectly.

Influence Map

November 9, 2010

After my tutorial session with Joel, and looking over Patrick Morgan’s work, I’ve realised that I need to start really thinking about where I’m taking this project, and consider the aesthetic I want to achieve (and why).

Though I like Morgan’s work, as Joel mentioned, it’s a simple celebration of female beauty that lacks any social critique. I think it’s pointless for me to continue try (and fail) to emulate this, when it won’t even convey the feeling I want.

There’s been kind of a thing going around the internet- use a given template to collect works and artists you find most inspiring. I made this one a little while ago and completely forgot about it, but I think it will be useful to go back to it and find a way to focus on what I really want to accomplish.