The contrast of hot and cold colors parallel the dichotomies between old and new, static and energetic, in this urban figurative portrait. An African-American woman exudes strength, energy, and joy amid almost dystopian urban decay. Her exuberant leaping figure is reflected in her shadow on the wall, capturing a moment wherein the human body is devoted wholeheartedly to carefree enthusiasm. Long-forgotten oil-soaked slabs of asphalt are rediscovered and repurposed for a brief celebration.
From my Industrial Nudes theme. This collection of images sets the nude form against unnatural environments of concrete, chrome, mechanization, and grit. The series contemplates the contrast between the mechanical and the organic, the clean and the gritty. Even the strongest human body is slight and delicate when compared to the rigid, bulky elements of the industrial backdrops. It is, at its base, a commentary that compares an idealized “human as an animal” to humanity’s perpetual expansion into nature. This theme celebrates beauty and achievement by showcasing icons of mechanization in conjunction with the splendor of the human form.