Why do you think the depiction of women as “perfect” are so successful, despite being such an obvious distortion of the truth? Is it lust? Signal strength?
"On the subject of perfection, that’s tricky. Even I feel entranced while staring at perfectly structured female body. I love seeing my female friends naked and appreciate their bodies as beautiful images. But, there is a tipping point wherethe body loses the personal identity and becomes just an object. I think that happens in work like Will Cotton’s- he is lustfully placing gorgeous female nudes in the clouds and coating them with sugar icing. His blatant sexualization of the female is so obvious that it’s not even worth debating; the viewer just accepts it and moves on. So, what’s the harm? The harm is taking away that human aspect of the female nude and debasing her. Art is just an expression of the cultural consciousness and if the feminine is debased here, it’s a signal of a prevailing attitude in the cultural at large. On some level it needs to be continually challenged.”
- Jenny Morgan
Empty Kingdom interview, 2012
(You to Me; 2013 by Jenny Morgan)