Last week I was fortunate enough to see Kukuli Velarde speak about her life and her work as a contemporary artist. She’s an outspoken Peruvian immigrant with a wicked sense of humor. Her work is very candid, sexually charged, sometimes strange, and always wonderful. That being the case, I’ll likely post some more of her work as the week goes on.
This particular piece is part of The Cadavers Series. It’s a realistic self-portrait of the artist where she added transparencies over the sections of her body that she didn’t think quite measured up to societal expectations of what a pinup should be. The posture is a bit coquettish and even slightly funny, but the societal implications are huge in terms of positive body image and societal expectations of beauty. I’d love to talk more about her work with anyone familiar with it.