I’ve had a couple of very cranky mood days lately and couldn’t bring myself to get riled up over some of the same old things in order to try to post reflectively: they would have just come out like whines and I’m trying to keep things here, if not always exactly upbeat-sunshine coming out of a unicorn’s butt-style self-acceptance; at the very least engaging, interesting, thought-provoking and/or encouraging of self-examination.
While my mood has VASTLY improved from the general mental malaise of the last half week I still find it difficult to want to poke around for anything too “deep” to explore. That is why today I’d like to submit for your viewing pleasure something I’m going to call “Variations on a Pose”
These are paintings and photos and sculptures from a variety of artists, all entitled “Nu Couché” (Reclining Nude). Originally I was looking for Pablo Picasso’s version but SO MANY came up for my online search that I just had to take a moment to give credit to the vast array of human size, shape and existence that can be demonstrated just in one simple pose.
This is NOT my way of trying to say “SEE? Fat people have been around FAR LONGER than this “Obesity Crisis Spiraling Out of Control” mantra would have use believe.” It is also not a means of trying to declare that one shape or one size or any one particular ANYTHING should be valued as intrinsically more beautiful than the rest. In fact it is my hope that seeing all of the below images might break away at those sorts of thoughts and introduce even just a glimmer of “Hey, you know what? Art can represent a plethora of humanity: we come in an immeasurable variety and ALL of it can be beautiful!” ANY body can be art. NO body should be reduced to SIMPLY decorative eye candy. ALL of us are beautiful.
So, without further Ado aside from a general warning that “nu” means “nude” and these might not be work-appropriate….
Humanity is not one shape, size, color, creed, gender. We are as vast a variety as the fruit on any tree: similar but no one individual the same as another. And that, in and of itself, is beautiful.