BODYSCAPES

Allan Teger's avatar Allan Teger

Bodyscapes are not about bodies. This work is about perception and reality. These images intend to show that multiple realities can co-exist; that we can perceive something in several ways, both of which can be correct. They also are a play on "figure-ground reversal," as the "figure" , in this case the body, is the "ground." They also allow us to experience sensuality before we are consciously aware of where that sensuality originates. Although I never intended the work to be humorous, it makes sense that they evoke laughter. Freud says that a joke is where we have something in one category and suddenly discover that it belongs in a different category. This certainly happens here. The point of the work is the "ah-ha" experience which hopefully will remind us that our perceptions are subjective, and we have a choice, therefore, about how we choose to perceive our world. This body of work is an outgrowth of my Ph.D. studies in psychology and my teaching about consciousness, mysticism, and meditation. The images are NOT the product of photoshop. Most images were photographed on film. Some are digital. All images are produced in a single exposure, with the toys or miniatures placed directly on the model's body and photographed together.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: photography
  • Width: 140 (four across))
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 60 (two high)