(Installation, 2016) lights, fresnel lenses, dildos, reproductions of famous nudes

I was tickled by John Berger’s observations on the female nude in art: “the ‘ideal’ spectator is always assumed to be male and the image of the woman is designed to flatter him”. Whilst I think the reality is somewhat more complicated, it tickled me to create a work that made Berger’s thought manifest.

This is installed in a dark space using six lights with fresnel lenses, six realistic dildos, and cheap replicas of the paintings.

A photographic record was shown at Handmaid by We Are Sweet Art in 2016.