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Nakeisha Bauer Tradition and femininity: the series

Work by Nakeisha Bauer
Work by Nakeisha Bauer
Work by Nakeisha Bauer
Work by Nakeisha Bauer
Work by Nakeisha Bauer
Work by Nakeisha Bauer

‘Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.’ – John Berger

Inspired by traditional portraiture, this photographic series explores the natural beauty of women, using ‘the gaze’ as a motif for strength and empowerment. The portraits offer a sense of untouchability to illuminate society’s double standards when it comes to the aesthetics of women versus men. It challenges the notion that women ‘must be – rather than, simply being’. By appropriating the works of male artists such as Manet, Fragonard and Vermeer, I am eliminating the masculine brushstroke that has defined femininity, giving the individuals control and abolishing traditions.

Influencing artists:
Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Leonardo da Vinci
Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
Edouard Manet
John Berger
Johannes Vermeer

School

Colo High School

ARTEXPRESS year

2017

HSC year

2016