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This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 7

This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 7
Signed Mixed Media

Julian Opie

Mixed Media, 2008
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 30
H 98cm x W 122cm

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. However, Opie turns this tradition in art history by explicitly citing the model as a professional pole dancer.

This print is produced through the 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.

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