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This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 3

This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 3
Signed Mixed Media

Julian Opie

Mixed Media, 2008
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 30
H 97cm x W 141cm

Critical Review

This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 3 is indicative of Opie’s fascination with the human form and pose, dividing the figure’s body into three framed panels that follow the dramatic position of the model. Opie used a combination of screen printing and flocking to create these works, creating a black, velvety surface texture which contrasts with the pure white acrylic support panels.

Opie’s use of the flocking technique, a process of adhering fine textile fibres to a surface, is indicative of his desire to engage with art historical techniques to create decidedly modern images. Historically, flocking is associated with wall coverings that were popular during the reign of Louis XIV of France. Furthermore, Opie explores the nude human form as the basis of the series, something that has preoccupied artists for generations. However, this traditional art historical genre is turned on its head by explicitly citing the model as a professional pole dancer.

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