JEN DAVIS’ MOVING AND CHALLENGING BODY OF WORK
I found the American photographer, Jen Davis' self portraits memorable and moving.
They remind me of the work of Jenny Saville. Like her life size gigantic paintings, Davis' are powerful, and also uncomfortable to view, especially as a woman. Davis' uncompromising lens forces us to confront our own, perhaps, unattractive feelings about weight. Our own and hers.
She is, to some extent, us.
The feelings the images evoke are to some degree, familiar to many of us.
She says, of her work: " A lot of artists use self-portraits to transform into other identities. But my intention was to understand myself better. To articulate myself through the lens."
She has photographed her body for 10 years ...
... stopping only last year after she had a gastric band fitted. After 10 months, she lost 95 llbs.
"The problem as," she told O, The Oprah Magazine, "I was making myself vulnerable to the camera and I want to make myself vulnerable to another person."
The journey from here on in will, no doubt, be equally moving.
I hope she records it.
Via JenDavis Photography.