ABOUT: Bacchus was the unrestrained Roman god of wine and revelry, religious ecstasy, and frenzied creativity. The Romans believed that Bacchus inspired his worshipers in their drunken state, freeing them to think and act in new ways. We generally associate Bacchus with partying, revelry, and having a good time.
ABOUT: Thanatos, in Greek mythology, is the lord of death. Here is the kiss of death. We have an incredibly long, long history for this ‘popular’ subject. My take here is a sensuous embrace, and even an acceptance, of death. There is a beauty here.
ABOUT: In her online job, my model often uses masks to both disguise her identity, create allure, and create a ‘character.’ The rabbit mask is one of her recent additions. It’s sexy, humorous, and a bit menacing. It perfectly compliments the other elements of her ensemble. She says that, for her, the costumes allow her to project into a part of herself that she cannot, or is unwilling, to present in the rest of her life. For me, the artist-model session is a place for the model to be whatever she/he wishes to present. After all, being naked we are our true self.
ABOUT: In the past year, we were reminded often of the ephemeral quality of life. Both my mother-in-law and a close elder friend passed away. I use my art to process my feelings, and work through these experiences. The passing of life is not of deep grief, especially when it is the natural course of aging. Rather, it is the transitory quality of a journey. We’re all travelers, passing through.
ABOUT: There is something feisty about American women. They’ve had to work hard to assert themselves into a resistant culture; to be respected, accepted, and recognized. Their work is far, far from over, but we (both men and women) have come a long way in a relative short amount of time.