The female figure within nude art has always been objectified when captured and viewed by heterosexual males. Like many female photographers, the nude self-portrait returned control to me and was a very empowering experience. Looking through the series I can see myself embodying Manets Olympia as I reference her pose and what it means to be a women appearing to sell her body for art, money and sex.
In a time when I felt my most vulnerable and was struggling with my mental health and reliving past traumas, I was able to change the narrative and challenge my perception of myself. My work tackles ideals associated with femininity, virginity and sex as I allow the viewer an insight into my vulnerability and what it means to be a young woman in a world obsessed with sex.
I want people to question whether I am producing nude art or taking a picture of myself naked.