Title: love: just out of reach
the s****l nature of this piece was both unintentional and undeniable the colossal figure of a woman is a direct reference to the surrealist work of photographer man ray, his photo both expresses feminine beauty while simultaneously objectifying women and their sexuality. i in this painting not only bring out man ray’s objectification of women, but also draw attention to the objectification of men and their sexuality. although one figure is dramatically smaller than the other they are both nameless, faceless, colorless, and indefinable. they are essentially equal. however, the difference in size gives the impression of dominance or rather the feeling of intimidation. the main purpose of this is to demonstrate from a young man’s perspective the intimidation or anxiety felt when interacting with those of opposite the sex. as i interpreted the subconscious nature of this piece i found it representational of the struggle of a male adolescent coming of age. the specific conflict is centered on how the yearnings for love and companionship are thrown info confusion with s****l attraction, which is, in this culture, taboo and generally frowned upon. to me this confusion can lead to such a dramatic internal conflict that makes the prospect of finding love becomes practically impossible, especially while surrounded by the highly sexualized society we live in. furthermore the greatest hindrance found in this struggle becomes one’s self, barring the paths that would unveil the answers. therefore, the main questions that arise from this subconscious dilemma are: how do we find genuine love? how do we overcome the greatest hindrance to finding love?
to find love we must first look past our s****l desire. in this way we can also look past our doubts and fears of rejection and see person inside, past the faceless, the colorless, and n***d façade. when you truly see a being and see yourself in all complexity when one can truly witness love, then the message seems clear: love, its just out of reach.
#surrealism #art #arthistory #manrayphotography #subconscious #comingofage