I came across this week’s nude on the DOMAI website. The lighting here is superb — so much so that I am left wondering if this nude isn’t photoshopped. Whatever the case, the result is beautiful — and a bit stunning.
I suppose in some sense this image is a lie even if it turns out the model is not photoshopped or airbrushed. For how many women, no matter how beautiful they are in real life, are turned into sculpted goddesses by near perfect lighting? So, should we discount this work because in some sense it might be a lie?
I myself do not think so. Someone once said that, while politicians lie in order to deceive us, artists lie in order to tell us a truth. To me, this work says several things that I think are true. For instance, the model is shown to be dignified despite her nudity, which — if true — is a statement that boldly contradicts much popular thinking along the lines that dignity is incompatible with nudity. So, for that and other reasons, I suspect this work is an example of an artistic lie told to reveal several truths.
Of course, I could be wrong about all that. Yet, if I am wrong, why is the large invisible pink rabbit in the corner of my room nodding “yes” to me? Just like he does every day when it is time for my meds?