ARMED by Martin Beck
Mixed Media on Prepared Paper
Capturing the immediacy of the model’s presence maintains a connection to reality at a time when media intrusion is overwhelming. In this way, working from life is about the artist preserving an episode of human interaction. In presenting themselves to the world, the model collaborates in this process. The collaboration between model and artist now occurs at a troubling and turbulent time when fact, if not truth itself, is under siege.
By working from life, the model and artist reveal the truth of a specific action, time and place, that cannot be faked. The finished work is a direct artifact of past activity. Rather than think of these as pictures of people, for me, these are authentic depictions of selective experiences.
The nude expresses the human condition because our bodies are road maps of our individual experience. My art engages the viewer to confront the immediacy of the human condition. It reminds us of our humanity at a time when digital life threatens to consume us.
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