THE DEAD VENUS
Graphite and digital
Exhibit piece for Light Grey Art Lab's NEVER ODD OR EVEN show.
Seen on LANDSCAPE format--she becomes the reclining Venus, erotic and beautiful. As a PORTRAIT, she is butchered, dead and mutilated. This illustrates that disturbing paradox of seeing beauty with the gore, a romanticization of body horror that still attracts our silently morbid selves even today. We never see the morbid reality till we see it from a different perspective.