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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Malleable and Rebellious Flesh: Jenny Saville and the New Nude

British artist Jenny Saville attempts to reclaim the female body by reinventing the traditional nude of art history and subverting the commercial use of big-breasted, small-waisted women. Although Aville is most well-known for her paintings of overwhelmingly large nudes, her 1995 collaboration with fashion photographer Glen Luchford, titled Closed Contact, epitomizes her vision of the female body and will be the topic of this paper. In a culture where sex is both ambiguous and ubiquitious, Saville forces viewers to look twice and think again, as she blatantly rebels against the notion that a woman's body is good for little else beyond sex and display. Savill is quietly but powerfully subversive: a renegade who abandons the West's mission to achieve physical perfection with a quest for a more meaningful understanding of a real flesh and blood female

Presenter: Jenna Bower (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Art History
Location: 208 Holmes
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)