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This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 5

This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 5
Signed Mixed Media

Julian Opie

Mixed Media, 2008
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 30
H 96cm x W 148cm

Critical Review

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.

Charged with an explicitly sexualised tone, This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts 5 presents the viewer with the bare minimum in terms of the human form, and so 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.

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