the defenestration of beauty
The Defenestration of Beauty carries the torch of my artistic campaign. It explores the theme of our Values, how they are imposed on us by others and by the media, and aims to revindicate them.
Freedom of Values and Freedom of Desire is the subject of my silent manifesto.
The first in my series of prints is “Boobs #1”, the original print is a 50cm x 70cm giclee with hand-applied diamond dust. (I have also printed this image in tshirts).
Why a female torso? I deliberately choose a photograph that is considered provocative according to our cultural standards. Every person will respond differently when they look at it. It is just a human torso, but it provokes all kinds of responses, interestingly many of them negative: from guilt to anger to resentment. This is because of the Values, and moral judgement inherent in our social system and cultural atmosphere, that we never chose to accept, but that condition our every thought.
I created an image that lacks clarity, that is at once very physical and ethereal, that is hiding behind a transparent veil of crystals, the glare glistening from different angles. It is to be seen through the prism of your own individuality.
A guaranteed double-take visual, but more interestingly a silent manifesto:”Boobs ” stands for freedom of values.We live in a society that's constantly telling us what we should think, what our values should be, what is right or wrong, what we should consider important.
And this "guidance" that is created for us with the pretext of reason, is often irrational and full of contradictions. It certainly doesn't respond to our real, authentic values. It's imposed on us, and it creates a lot of confusion and negativity. I found profoundly interesting how a simple photograph of a torso could cause such intense emotions on different people.Why is this?
We often think of emotions as primitive, but emotions are far from simple, they are actually very sophisticated. They are a consequence of your value-judgements. For an emotion to be caused, the brain goes through a cognitive process of abstractions and subconscious integrations. What do you feel when you look at certain images? The series of prints are a statement that follows the path of Romanticism, in manifesting the primacy of values.