by Nancy Jacques
“What I discovered the moment I began reviewing the work was the multiple lenses committed to bringing the human form into representation. This was what I hoped and expected I would experience. The word surfeit comes into play. There was a wealth and a quality canon inside these submissions. There were two criteria I employed in considering the works: One, was the human form represented in terms of that one titled word- curves, and two, how was the work provocative, new, or simply excellent. I hope you enjoy reviewing these works as much as I enjoyed experiencing them.
Some of these works are charged with the mystical beauty of the human form while others are more suggestive, exuding sexuality in both latent and more obvious ways, and others yet represent the verdant splendors of spring and the allegories of our place in nature. The winner (US 180,384 2007 by Nancy Jacques) was chosen because it not only defined perfectly the challenges of the competition, but it also was the most courageous and risky and resonant and beautiful work in the group. It contains curves and absences, the flesh of our beauty and the absence of flesh in our diminishing, the curves of our sexual wonder, and the horror of our gossamer and limited span in this world that tolerates the simultaneity of our prowess and our weakness.”
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