Square 2/10

$280.00

  • From a limited edition of 10 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 20×20 inches/51×51 cm
  • Paper: 22×22 inches/56×56 cm

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Description

A contemplative pose inside a rigid square form, with each body part conforming to the geometry. This contorted nude pose approaches the viewer on aesthetic and contextual levels. That is, it confronts us with a visual oddity, while also encouraging us to ask “how?” and “why?” The striking features of the figure, constrained to equal proportions of height and width, command immediate attention. Long, flowing brown hair adds an interestingly loose facet to the otherwise rigidly enclosed composition created by the model’s tight position. Cool, bleached highlights and smokey shadows set an ethereal mood and draw the eye to the abstract shapes that create the overall design and contrast the strong geometry of the square.

Although the area surrounding the figure, as well as the highlights on her skin may appear neutral or white, upon closer inspection they are a light blue. Her contorted nude pose intersects the blue frame-within-a-frame in two places. This smaller square inside the square boundaries of the paper gives us the feeling of simultaneously being confined, as well as breaking out. This is perhaps a metaphor for many viewers.

Equal proportions of height and width suggest conformity but she has made an unlikely and fascinating choice to exist with the frame rather than within it. Icy blues and muted bronze help create a moment that is static yet tension-filled. The subject is in the fetal position, symbolizing security and safety; clinging to the stability of structure; in stasis between revealing and concealing.

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