Melanie Manchot’s Notes on look at you loving me : In 1995 I asked my mother whether I could photograph her naked. What followed became an unexpectedly prolonged process of working together on a series of projects that lasted until 2001. The aim of this work is complex, but the project initially arose out of the desire to make images with a woman who through the sheer process of getting older was considered beyond such categories as beauty, sensuality, attractiveness, and who, along with a vast majority of women of her generation, was now at the margins of visibility.
The body of work, look at you loving me, consists of large-scale, bigger than life-sized black and white photographs printed onto canvas and worked on afterwards with a range of mixed media. Through this specific process, the work consciously seeks to establish a dialogue that is anchored within the photographic, but aesthetically engages with the histories of painting and drawing and the long trajectories of the representation of women within these practices.
“Mrs. Manchot, Stepping Forward,” 1996
“Body Study IV,” 1995
Mrs. Manchot, Her Arms Overhead,” 1996
“Body Study XIV,” 1996
“Mrs. Manchot, Sitting and Smiling,” 1997
“Portrait of Mrs. Manchot, Posing,” 1997
3 Comments on “Photography: Look at You Loving Me”
Wonderful subject, intention, formal aspects. Brava!
I have only looked at David by Michelangelo. These photos were on the Internet or in magazines or textbooks. I did look at the woman above. I noticed how our bodies tell our age and not in an ugly way. I guess the body in its nude form has a voice. Mrs. Manchot seems like a woman who might live nearby. At some points while looking, I feel a bit of embarrassment and worry whether the woman is feeling totally comfortable or a bit anxious. Perhaps, she will not want to do it again. She looks like a perfect salad maker or a gardener. I wish we could hear her feelings and not try to guess at them.
what courage! what assurance!
I’m envious of her acceptance and obvious gratitude for a functioning, vibrant body.