Portfolio: Objectified Form
“Objectified Form” was created using stark black and white contrast, heavily balanced and formal compositions, simplified plasticity, and equivocal space to abstract the female body into something beautiful, and yet not in the sensual expectations of a stereotypical nude. Instead, the parts illustrated in each image take on a painterly appearance: the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic. This aesthetic includes such things as economy, simplicity, and appreciation for the imperfections and integrity of the object. Although the idea of “flawed beauty” (according to some interpretations) somewhat goes against the Formalist ideal, I continued with the approach because when it comes to the human body, perfection is purely subjective anyway. While working within this concept, I was able to embrace the Formalist’s philosophy that form (and beauty) is made within the skill of the photographer and not dependent on the physical attributions of what is being photographed. Additionally, the body of work represents the power of the woman and the ability we have to take back control of how we are viewed and represented, both in society as well as in the art world.