Dix Moderne Olympia
Inspired by Édouard Manet's 1863 painting, Olympia, I was intrigued by the notion that artists traditionally used sex workers to pose for nude paintings which would then come to portray the goddess Venus. I loved Manet's approach of depicting a female prostitute in such an open way, using visual cues linking Olympia to it's own art context. I was also interested in Paul Cézanne's 1873/74 painting, Un Moderne Olympia. I looked at the contemporary context of my own practice and created the following series using models from online pornographic webcam sites. I paid various models to recreate Manet's original in their own homes, and send me the resulting images to be compiled into the series displayed here.
Ben Copping • James Guy • Jack Hatton • Stef Parkinson • Joshua Phillips • Niki Povey • Bella Probyn • Steven Ramage • Nicola Thompson • Catherine Todd • Sarah Frances Young •