Collage, bodybuilding and the male nude
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In my work I am trying to put together and understand what is a man from a female viewpoint. To turn the gaze around where man is the observed and woman the observer is to challenge a power dynamic that has been in place for so long it seems the natural way for things to be. A lot has been done to address this inequality; women have reclaimed the right to their own bodies and the male nude as dependent on the gaze of another has been introduced by the gay male artist. To observe and define the other is a way to also understand and clarify our own identities. To see the male nude through a female lens is to open up a whole new way of looking at the world, one that accounts not simply for what we see but for who is doing the seeing.