Event Title

Nudity on Display

Location

CSU Gallery

Start Date

21-4-2014 7:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2014 9:00 PM

Student's Major

Art

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Gina Wenger

Mentor's Email Address

gina.wenger@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Art

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

Recently, I have been exposed to diverse attitudes toward nudity. Exploring individual characteristics and connotations associated with being nude in front of an audience; the purpose of my project is to represent different subjective views and personal characteristics of what it means to show yourself nude. I have created resin-casted sculptures of nude human bodies. By displaying human subjects as nude, there will be an emphasis on their individual feelings toward their display. As one subject may appear apprehensive to the audience, hiding behind their arms, another subject may be shown flaunting their body. My intention is to have the viewer understand the emotions within each subject individually, noticing the differences of each as well as combining them to notice how they are represented as a whole. Researching artists Philip Pearlstein and Lucian Freud, who use models to represent the figural body, inspired me to create nearly perfect representations of nude bodies. In agreement with Freud’s statement on his work, I too want my work to be “portraits of the people, not portraits like them.” My work leaves viewers questioning the different subjective views towards nudity, allowing for a dialogue about cultural taboos. From an audience standpoint, you not only will be able to experience how the model felt about being nude and on display, but you will also witness the opinions of the public in regards to nudity on display.

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Apr 21st, 7:00 PM Apr 21st, 9:00 PM

Nudity on Display

CSU Gallery

Recently, I have been exposed to diverse attitudes toward nudity. Exploring individual characteristics and connotations associated with being nude in front of an audience; the purpose of my project is to represent different subjective views and personal characteristics of what it means to show yourself nude. I have created resin-casted sculptures of nude human bodies. By displaying human subjects as nude, there will be an emphasis on their individual feelings toward their display. As one subject may appear apprehensive to the audience, hiding behind their arms, another subject may be shown flaunting their body. My intention is to have the viewer understand the emotions within each subject individually, noticing the differences of each as well as combining them to notice how they are represented as a whole. Researching artists Philip Pearlstein and Lucian Freud, who use models to represent the figural body, inspired me to create nearly perfect representations of nude bodies. In agreement with Freud’s statement on his work, I too want my work to be “portraits of the people, not portraits like them.” My work leaves viewers questioning the different subjective views towards nudity, allowing for a dialogue about cultural taboos. From an audience standpoint, you not only will be able to experience how the model felt about being nude and on display, but you will also witness the opinions of the public in regards to nudity on display.

Recommended Citation

Holst, Amanda. "Nudity on Display." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2014/creative_works/3