Thursday, July 10, 2014

NAKED JULY: "Bird Catching" by Natalia Moroz

Image posted with the permission of the artist. You can find out more about Natalia Moroz and her work on her website. You can also purchase her linocuts as well as her husband's designer jewelry on their online store WingedLion.

At first it seemed the couple was huddled together for security, surrounded by circling fowl. But on closer inspection it seems clear the pair have drawn the birds to this pebbled, windy beach, like a pied piper. Their arms and hands form shadow puppets, using visual deception to attract the flyers in the same way that bird calls use sound.

He is a beautiful, young man, and I am reminded of ancient Greek statues in which female bodies are modestly draped in nondescript gowns, while the youthful, hairless male bodies stand naked in all their perfectly proportioned glory.

Everything moves, but in balance, like a yin yang symbol; feminine and masculine, shadow and light, bound and free.

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