Three of my photographs from the ‘wet drapery‘ series will be featured in the Taipei Artists inaugural members show Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 4:15pm & Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 7:15pm at the Mayor’s Residence Art Salon, 46 Xuzhou Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei 100, phone: 886 2 2396 9398.
My goal with the piece was to merge the classical aesthetic of wet drapery into a feminine activity which is often overlooked in our contemporary visual culture.
The act of a woman shaving is a private activity which is typically hidden from view. Women are presented at the final part the process once their grooming is completed. I wanted to express part of the transformation alongside the aesthetic of wet drapery.
From creating these images two things have become clear. Firstly, that the role of women has greatly evolved from classical times in which they wore wet drapery and secondly that the act of shaving is a very sensuous activity. Hence there are many contradictions present in these photographs.
Over the past few days I have been questioning why we shave our bodies. To fit in with the culture of grooming in our society? To attract attention to out skin? To signify or encourage the need for physical affection. It is a very complex grooming process.
These images were created as part of my PhD course work at National Taiwan Normal University.