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The feathers depicted in this series are portrayed as if part of the body. They overlap the natural curvatures of the spine, or the ribs depicting a sort of exoskeleton. This cast an otherworldly feel to the images, particularly with the feathers over the spine which seem to suggest the image of a fallen angel, cast down from heaven and thus separated from its wings. The themes of innocence, as a result of the theme of the angel, against the nude and sensually suggestive female body parts of the model, create an interesting thematic interplay that highlights the duality of female personality construct; one the one hand innocent and caring and on the other hand sensually captivating and sexually powerful.
The theme of womanhood’s power is further underscored through implied spider images in the same works where the feathers are placed in a manner that suggests the severed wings of an angel. In these same visuals one can also detect the traces of creatures from the earthly environment; creatures that are known for their skills of captivating the male into a trance. Thus, the feathers in the images are symbolic of female’s sexual power.
The background is not shown, with the focus remaining on the subject thus leading the viewer to wonder more about the model displayed as an individual and what their particular interaction with the feathers displays. The images are shown in a stark contrast of light and dark, representing the duality of womanhood further whilst the suggestive different images keep the viewer wondering about the possible theme depicted. What makes this series thus so particularly noteworthy is their affirmation of the endless possibilities of interpretation offered by the female form’s interaction with the feathers as a natural object.
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