Maria’s imposing physique is visually matched by the vertical shape of the machinery. Conduit that used to be on the ceiling now lies on the floor. In this images of Maria with machines, a plethora of menacing shapes surrounds her, yet she seems oblivious to the hazardous environment. The stretch of her muscles and her firm grip on the machinery betray the tightness of her pose that is otherwise hidden by the easy freedom of her cascading hair and serene expression.
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.