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Susan Wolff : ‘Madonna’ Series (Photography)

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‘Madonna 1′
Susan Wolff
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‘Madonna 2′
Susan Wolff
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‘Madonna 3′
Susan Wolff
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‘Madonna 4′
Susan Wolff
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‘Madonna 5′
Susan Wolff
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‘Madonna 6′
Susan Wolff
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What is the nude for me in 2011?

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I did my first nudes of course, in university. I later studied life drawing in a practicum with a professor for drawing in Aachen and stayed on as studio assistant for 6 months. He was an artist who loved the female form and concentrated on the torso with emphasis on the breasts. Privately, he had done exquisite works on the female sexual parts, which I found his best. Really striking.

I started with torsos and moved on to nude portraits. Graphite on large paper was a combination of touch on the paper and the sight of the uncountable variations of shapes and shadows. This year I found that I had started with the quick, abstract nude sketches that I had started years ago and then I wanted to work with the camera. I started with macros and then into the fragmentary full body as well as ones with movement and overexposure.

But what it is for me, I still can’t answer completely. It is only the beginning of the search and exploration. What is the human form? Early Christianity created bodies that were representative of the spirit after the Greek concentration of the physical perfection. I loved those drawn-out ethereal figures and the embodiment of spirit in the flesh.

Later the saints, why were they all nude? The prostitutes and models of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the break-up of the surface by Picasso were new ways of seeing. The gorgeous, rotund beauties of Reubens and Rembrandt have been turned into gross flesh by such artists as Jenny Saville, or Lucien Freud. This is not a comprehensive statement on life painting or photography. But what is the nude for us now? Our over-abundance of perfection or pornography? What? [extract : the human form]

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5 Responses to “Susan Wolff : ‘Madonna’ Series (Photography)”


  1. 1 Françoise Lucas
    November 12, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Superb to see the photos together with the accompanying text. Wonderful work.

    • November 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Susan’s exploration is imaginative and fearless. Her works challenge the viewer as they present themselves half hidden and yet raw with integrity and suggestion.
      Love this series and your accompanying statement.
      Excellent!

  2. 3 wilma eras
    November 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    i loved to see the whole series and read your words
    this is really an aesthetic investigation

  3. November 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    thank you to all three of you so much. it certainly helps when women support me in this quest since sometimes it is a bit of a challenge when one asks oneself questions and goes places where one has big questions, so Francoise, Krystina and Wilma, thank you again,
    and to Alan of course, for this opportunity to be with people I admire and under your curatorship once again.

  4. 5 Eldon Underhill
    May 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    beautiful meditations on corporealtity; they are like how touching flesh feels


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