When I saw the photo of this nude for the first time I did not know what to think of it. I do not relate to so-called romantic art of ballerinas and dancers striking great and beautiful poses. Surely too much aesthetics rendered aestetically is the pinnacle of ridiculousness in my eyes. This having stated, I was intrigued by the pose nevertheless.
I tried to dissociate myself from the picture and tried to see one thing in another. Some time ago I saw a horse’s head appearing in the female figure. Just as in that graphite pencil drawing I had great difficulty in discovering what there could be but more than the female nude. It is like having one of those ‘earworms’ listening to an annoying song you can’t get out of your head. The same goes for looking at a nude. Hard it is to not think of the nude but the bonified way is to bring yourself in a relaxed mood and to squint your eyes. Pop, there it was ….: a fox!
To complete the drawing I drew another fox in the background, perhaps as a subliminal guide for people to recognize the surrealism of the foxy nude in the drawing. What is a fox’s business? Yes, chasing after rabbits. Foxy ladies must be about the same thing.
Click here to read about the principle of ambiguous images as explained in my post ‘Gaia – 16-03-16’.
Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Strathmore Bristol paper (21 x 29.2 x 0.1 cm – A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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