Sunday, January 11, 2009

Nudity in art

Two of the 5 pieces I took to the latest exhibit were denied because of 'nudity'~

I forget about such details.

I forget to "see" it as nakedness.

I forget that our own bodies are not 'acceptable' in the every day.

Funny, our studio is full of nude paintings and drawings and we have children as young as 5 years old that join us there to make art - yet they rarely 'see' the 'nakedness' of the pieces.

One wonders; at what point in our lives does nakedness become unacceptable?

And more importantly: why?

It sadness me that many people still see nudity in only terms of sex. Nudity is about sex, but it is about our humanity- who we are as a person sans all of the 'adornments' which serve to place us in certain groups, cultures, social classes and economic levels. Unfortunately, history has worked against nature and condemned the human body to be shameful, insisting that it be covered and hidden beyond the obvious reasons of weather related comfort.

Pablo Picasso stated: "Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art." Although I adore Picasso, I differ .... in the hope that those who are ignorant, may know ~how can we become 'prepared' if not able to be in contact with what may help unveil the eyes of our consciousess? Art is one of the greatest teachers.

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