This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 2 is a mixed media print from Julian Opie’s This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts series from 2008. Produced in a semi-sculptural format of three rectangles that follow the pose of the model, this piece shows a graphic line drawing of a nude woman, lying forwards on her stomach and elbows with her legs in the air.
Opie depicts the human form in a highly stylised manner showing the model’s head as a blank circle, without a neck and her feet cut off, showing only straps for shoes. Despite the figure’s abstracted form, her pose is decidedly realistic, no doubt due to Opie’s use of photography in the initial stages of creating the print. Opie’s images of people engage with longstanding ideas that have characterised art history by questioning what intrinsic elements are needed to convey a narrative or person’s character.
In presenting the viewer with minimal elements to render the human form that at the same time works to produce an explicitly sexualised image, Opie challenges the viewer to think about why they find this image so alluring.In partitioning the image into three parts, the viewer compartmentalises the figure’s body and Opie makes a point of emphasising the central panel as the most overtly sexualised.