"Nudity as a State of Soul"
...So many confused value systems surrounded the word, *nudity*!...So many contradictory concepts in their favor and against!
...Socrates advocated *nudity*, often as a form of purity and honesty...and others as spontaneity, freedom and values of simple living...
...*Nudity* was also used in religious precepts of various kinds and rituals of revenge, yet, human sacrifice and practices of worship. Also, throughout the history as a form of protest, as well an expression of positive human values and morality...nevertheless, there were, and are, indications that our culture as a whole has not broken completely from its heritage of guilt and shame rooted in the "original sin" written about in our biblical root... ""Is used children being protected from the "damage" effects of viewing a normal naked body while the "body violence is condoned" as their entertainment as well as, some adults also do.""
...Since prehistoric time, representations of the nude body has been a major theme in art and many cultures tolerate nudity in art more than actual nudity,and with a different set of standards.
...I remember the famous dancer Isadora Duncan started wearing loosely draped clothing in ordinary life and on the stage, saying, "I live in my body like a spirit in a cloud"...
And... LOL!!!while watching my drawings, i thought: OMG, they are, almost all,undressed...but this one is a *nude*:-O)
*Thank you very much,you all,for your time here, with me:-)*
Oct 29, 2009 12:29:10 amby Chipka Homepage »
As always, this is outstanding. I love the layers of light and darkness and the way they play with each other and against each other, not in a tense and aggressive way, but more like point and counterpoint and all of that other dualistic stuff that the western world is so obsessed with. I like the emotional mood of this as well, especially since for me, nudity is most often a representation of purity...and in more modern ways, trust...not necessarily vulnerability so much as a willingness to reveal what is (and should be) something of a secret...a thing that when shown, distinguishes cherished companions from the random, casual and sometimes inappropriate acquaintances that are unavoidable in life. I like this immensely!
Oct 29, 2009 3:43:10 amby helanker Online Now! Homepage »
HAHAHAHA I read LBAMagic.
OPS! Sorry but... Ana I seriously love your painting and I couldnt have said it better than Chipka. It is a really lovely peace of art. Naked or not. No it should be a nudity. That is how it has to be. That is the right mood for this lovely peace.
Oct 29, 2009 3:45:40 amby durleybeachbum Online Now! Homepage »
Superb, Ana, and an great narrative.
The book 'The Nude' was and often still is set reading for Art courses at university, in which Kenneth Clark distinguishes carefully between the naked and the nude.
The nude is always unashamed, proud, beautiful, 'body-confident' as we might say now: the naked are fearful, guilt-ridden, ashamed, and in art it was often the church who was to blame!
I am very lucky to have been brought up to be proud of my body, and even though it is on a downward trend aesthetically through age(LOL) I still have no shame!!
Oct 29, 2009 6:49:14 amby ARTWITHIN Homepage »
Several years ago I went through a period of trying to deal with my inability to create nude and sensuous images. I had some help to get over that, but I sorted out what I thought about it and have resolve the issue in my mind. First, the nude human body is a beautiful work of art, one lauded in artistic images. Sensuality can speak of the relationships of meaning in life and the blending of emotions and physical sensations. This is also a part of our procreative programming.
All that said, I think there is something to be said for modesty, and not enticing our sensual natures inappropriately. So, the real issue is one of balance and selectivity.
Social prejudices have no importance to me. We always have them since there are so many different influences, indoctrinations, and viewpoints.
I believe the nude body should be appreciated and respected. The same goes for sensuality. There is nothing more beautiful than two people who are truly in love and committed to one another.
When it is a game, it is disrespect, and that leads to the more negative devaluation of love. When personal gratification becomes more important than the vulnerability of the other person, it is disrespect and devaluation of both individuals.
Well that is a bit of my philosophy after years of struggle over this issue. I don't buy social constraints just because they are present, rather I need to understand for myself, often thinking as a result of personal experience before I form my views on a subject.
It think you covered both subjects well in your image, and it looks familiar.
Oct 29, 2009 1:21:07 pmby groegnitram Homepage »
indeed a beautiful and thoughtful drawing about nudity, ana, and so very in your own style, i just love these blacks from you :))) to me, it depicts wonderfully a blend again, about innocence but also guilt. i think nudity is something about innocence, and with innocence comes openess, trust and so much other good good things :)) something we might have to learn again! its beautiful and thought provoking, ana :)))
Oct 30, 2009 11:26:50 amby november22 Homepage »
I guess I've taken way too many art courses - I've never thought of your work as nude or clothed - they speak to essences of people, not the skin. Lovely work ANA, well done and appealing design!
BTW my nude sculpture class is going well - the model is beginning to look 1. human, and 2. female. cheers, tim