Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Giving No Head
I've been drawing and photographing a lot of women without their heads. I've never done it before, maybe because I've been sensitive to the feminist notion that it objectifies sexuality more by eliminating identity. I've begun to question this. In my recent drawings of a young woman masturbating, not drawing the face gives the act some kind of privacy.I've tried versions with heads but they feel wrong to me. Because of the ubiquity of porn' and porn-influenced advertising and entertainment, we're used to seeing sexual images with every possible facial expression. Even in many of my own paintings, the heads turned the women into stereotypes (often, deliberately) performing for someone else. Obscured heads, faces and expressions make my pictures more voyeuristic – as if glimpsed through a key-hole – but also more intimate and meaningful.