About: Scaramouche, from Italian scaramuccia (literally “little skirmisher”), is a clown character from 16th-century Italian comic theater. Scaramouche is sly, adroit, supple, conceited, and known for boasting and cowardice. We recognize this person. The wonderful nose is a traditional Venetian mask and perfectly complements Julia’s slender body.
About: Leah is both strong in character and body, and I wanted to portray this strength we see in her back. A person’s back body is fascinating because we never see our own back. It is the unknown for us, yet it can be a source of power. Our large muscles are in our backs. We use them to lift heavy loads, to do hard work. The courage, determination, and fighting spirit I see in American women is the title for this piece. When we’re naked, we are our true selves, without disguise. The boxing gloves speak for themselves. She is tough, and she will fight fr herself and for others..
About: Julia’s husband has had a leadership role in the recent protest movement. The pole was intended to become a flag. She liked its simple form designating strength, and liked what it was to become. She chose the pose to express the power of ideas that her family was protesting in support of.
About: Azlyn brought a rainbow peace flag to our session. As a form, it has so many possibilities, though we used it in a very simple way here, as if walking in a parade. The flag, her nakedness, her vulnerability, her self-acceptance, and her confidence to share this with others – PRIDE.
About: Tracy is so grounded and confident in her body, so I wanted to present these qualities in the drawing. I asked her to bring a prop that expressed what was essential to her life. Tracy brought the bo, a wood pole used in her martial arts practice. She is so disciplined and focused which I recognize comes from her dedicated martial arts practice.The pose communicates her strength and full acceptance of her body.