Untitled Projection #2 by Elisabeth O'Rourke, American

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Untitled Projection #2 by Elisabeth O'Rourke, American

1,900.00

Edition 1/5

31 x 21 inches | 79 x 53 cm

Archival pigment print; white museum floater frame

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I find that as a photographer, I am better able to capture and then to manipulate my ideas to suit what I want to see in the world. And although I am clearly manipulating the image to suit my ideas, I want to still show a truth. I have been enamored with the girlgaze movement. I like the idea that I am the one gazing on women, and determining what I think is beautiful, or sexy, or what a woman should be. I like female wildness and strength. We live in a world where we are simultaneously shamed and applauded for our sexuality, and our bodies. I want the world to view women differently, to stop viewing them as objects, and instead as humans of substance, with complex world views and feelings.

I love making nude photography. I feel like the second my model removes her clothes her true personality is revealed. Everything you are on the inside comes out. I can see it in the photographs, and it is my favorite part of the process, pairing my final selections with the impression I got of the woman I just photographed. I want to show the world that our bodies are not just for sex. We use them to emote. To make a point. To tell a story.

With these women I wanted to add an element of design while ensuring that the story the women are telling with their bodies was not overshadowed. Using the projector to add that design element served as another comment on minimalism. One light on a stark white wall.