To begin with, I’d like to thank you for visiting my little gallery and having a look at my art. Comments and feedback are always welcome and encouraged, and questions are gladly answered.
This exhibit represents a very distinct branch of my work. These images are an exploration of the lines, curves and shapes that make up a form that everyone is intimately familiar with – the human body. This work is partially inspired in part by the work of Edward Weston – specifically his series on nudes and peppers.
All the images contained in this branch are self-portraits. As a result, the work is very a very person exploration of my own form combined with the anonymity that is provided by the full body suits.
These suits are known as zentai. According to Wikipedia: this Japanese word is either a contraction of zenshin taitsu (meaning “full body tights”) or a direct translation of “full body”. Such suits were first developed for use in modern dance, but are now used in the arts to diminish the presence of an actor in a scene. In fact, in the traditional Japanese art of puppetry called bunraku the apprentice performers are completely covered in black garments against a black background to produce the same effect. Zentai is also used by artists as a medium to accentuate the body, sometimes making use of vibrant patterns. By making the performer anonymous, the performance of the body itself becomes the focus.
It is this anonymity that attracted me towards the suits. I quite liked how the full coverage of fabric made the image more about the form and the exploration of light and shadow, color and pattern.