The Naked Truth
Call for Entries Accepted Artists
Artist Chloe Mceldowney
Growing up on a farm in the Midwest, I had never been familiarized with popular culture. As a youth, I spent most of my time leading extravagant adventures in the backyard with my animals, or simply sketching the trees and fields around me. I envisioned my environment through an innocent and optimistic lens. Everything was stunning. Everything was beautiful.
It wasn’t until I reached high school that I realized people did not envision the world in the same light that I had growing up. Humans tend to categorize imperfections with negativity. In the media especially, flaws in a person are exaggerated as something to be disapproved of.
Through painting, drawing, and sculpting the figure, I have rejuvenated my child-like mindset. In this bold and invasive painting of a nude female, I present the figure on a platform for the viewer to easily disapprove of. However, through luminous light and vivid brushstrokes, the viewer is challenged to see the grotesque imperfections as ravishing form and flesh.