Saturday, January 9, 2010

"Thunder Thighs: Female Legs"
(commission piece)
18 x 24 inches graphite on paper

This piece is a companion work to "Female Arms" (see lower post). I wanted to exemplify the strength female athletes possess in their legs. So often we encounter spindly legs on models that support a weak-legged ideal for the perfect female form. I wanted to build a new aesthetic appreciation for the beauty of female muscle and strength. I toyed with the word "Thunder Thighs," which is commonly used in a derogatory or insulting way towards women, and used it as a positive term to highlight the strength and power within an athlete.