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Shahnoza Dancing In A White Dress

Shahnoza Dancing In A White Dress
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Digital Print, 2007
Signed Print Edition of 45

Critical Review

Shahnoza’s head is represented by a blank circle, without a neck and her feet have been cut off; the suggestion of heels remains as material laces up her shins. Her pose remains highly realistic however, due to Opie’s use of photography in the initial stages to capture his subjects, before distilling their main features. Opie’s images of people engage ideas that have long occupied art history by questioning what intrinsic elements are necessary in order to convey a narrative or a person’s character.