The Real Man Project
So, we've done the cave painting. We've done the handprints, the stick figures, the symbols.
The obvious answer has to be to portray a human being. I'm a female so my natural inclination is to want to paint men.
What do I mean when I say I want to paint a "real man"?
Here's what I don't mean.
A modern "metrosexual" ...
A "real men were pink" guy ... (are you kidding me?!)
A perfect six pack model sculptured statue ...
A CHILD pretending to be a MAN ...
Now, of course, I'm an old lady
Call me old fashioned, if you must.
But when I think of a "real man" I think of a man as you might meet in the street for real, or in a pub, in a supermarket, in an office.
Like, a really REAL man!
A male adult of the human species.
As so many females, I have bemoaned the fact that the "ideal of female beauty" portrayed by the modern media doesn't jive with me.
I've only recently realised that the portrayal of "the modern man" doesn't jive with me, either.
The whole deal with primal art is to get back to basics.
So that's what this project is about for me.
To document my (female, heterosexual!) point of view of a real man.
And to use this as the inspiration for the next stage in my art.
Now, to find me a model ...
SFX August 2012
Update September 23rd 2012
Some models have been found, photographs have been taken.
Unfortunately, the Google Docs project is putting a spanner in the works at the moment but I am determined to finish this project which is really fascinating.
I'd like to collect the images in a book and put a poem with each one.
In the meantime, here are some samples.
See Me Hear Me Touch Me Feel Me
With many thanks to my wonderful models.
Update June 5th, 2014 - A date for the first exhibition of my Real Man Project photographs at Oneart Studio Gallery in Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK.