Venus of Moravary
Mammoth Ivory figurine carving
Found in the area of Moravay in Slovakia.
I will be honest. I first began conceiving of NAKED: The Art of Exposure for two main reasons. The first reason lied in, and with, my unabashed love of painting the nude form and the second reason lied within a desire to deeper understand viewer’s responses to nudes. The wide variety of responses and/or, interestingly enough, the lack of response to the nudes that I have painted over the years has been of curiosity to me. The nude has existed in all times in human history, the human body has always been one of the principle subjects for artists. Curiosity continued to grow and eventually turned into a desire to know the story of nudes and our human reaction to them throughout our human experience.
Although these two main reasons still exist and are an ongoing component of NAKED, as always with these beautiful questions, curiosities, and rabbit holes; I have followed the trail as it has led me and I have arrived in many ways at myself. NAKED has become just as much about my ongoing engagement with revealing myself to myself. The lifting of my own veil so to speak. In choosing to lift the veil I am finding myself being reminded of the source of my divinity, our collective divinity and the consciousness which we share. How at every moment we are co-creators in this world that we are all imagining. Now, I am aware that these might seem like some grand jumps in thought to be making, but perhaps as I continue to write and share my thoughts with you, you will join me and we can walk alongside each other for a while. If you find yourself on the road and you think you are walking alone, look for the glow.
I promise to do the same.
More to come on the topic of glow soon. Perhaps while you are waiting, every once in a while you think about glow. More than think about it, perhaps you have an experience of it. You could even try walking down the street while simply thinking about glowing and see what happens. You could try it while sitting in your chair, right now, where you currently are. I highly encourage it.
In appreciation, art and love,