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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Judith Thorpe

SPE Member since 1973
Member Chapter: Northeast

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Thorpe's creative work considers the representation of the female body, exploring the tension between idealized and real. The work considers historical representations of the female body in precedents such as Greek and Roman statuary and Christian religious icons. She explores the female body as it ages, questioning conceptions of beauty.

The body is shrouded or obscured, reflecting upon the inner self. Draped and wrapped in white cloth, the female figure is ritualized. The body pushes and pulls the fabric, wrapped in white, referencing idealized beauty, purity, death, anonymity, religion, and suppression. What is inside affects the surface and waits to be revealed.

From the series The Passions - Ecstasy 1

From the series The Passions - Ecstasy 3

From the series The Passions - Ecstasy 2

From the series The Passions - Ecstasy 4

From the series The Passions - Ecstasy 5

From the series The Passions - Ecstasy 6

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