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Watching Suzanne (front) 4

Watching Suzanne (front) 4
Signed Mixed Media

Julian Opie

Mixed Media, 2006
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 25
H 83cm x W 57cm

Critical Review

Presenting an image of the ‘ideal’ female body as consumed through the mass media, Opie creates an image whereby the figure’s simplicity actually draws more attention to the curves in her body and her sexuality. Using a photograph which is then digitally edited to produce a simplified pictogram, Opie depicts not an identifiable woman, but the process of abstraction itself and makes a point on how we look at images.

Watching Suzanne (front) 4 forms part of a series of 20 images of the figure, that when considered alongside one another, form an animation made up of still images. Opie shows the figure moving her hips from side to side then turning to face away from the viewer. The intense cropping of each image alludes to this notion of a snapshot in time, as opposed to providing the viewer with an entire storyline.

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