young woman yawning

19 To - 30 May

william platz

The pure-body/blank body of the zombie finds its analogue in the anti-activist performance of nudity in the drawing studio. The removal and destruction of clothing is apocalyptic (apokaluptein). My work concerns studio interactions between artists and models, with a particular focus on life drawing operations.

A key point of reference for this work is an obscure and sinister drawing by Degas of a young woman yawning in which she seems to be inserting her right hand into her wide mouth. Her facial expression is not typical of yawning (as in Messerschmidt or Ducreux) but more akin to a calm consumption.