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To me, the female nude is one of the purest forms in nature. She hints at how she is feeling. Her gesture expresses her attitude and mood. And her surroundings give clues of her personality and character in telling an unspoken story.
Finding new ways to combine unrelated concepts is what makes an artwork all the more experimental. I love the female nude but wanted to present her in a different manner. The model stood in front of sliding glass doors to create a back-lit figure.
The glow surrounding her silhouette was enhanced with a transparent scarf that she held.
This created opposite textures of transparency and solidity.

A little about me:

Joanna Coke

Joanna worked as a Graphic Designer and Art Director for a large in-house ad agency for Digital Equipment Company in Massachusetts. Pursuing fashion, she then received a fashion certificate from the School of Fashion Design in Boston and worked for an international fashion company manufacturing clothing for Victoria Secret’s stores and catalog. During that time, she acquired an Associates Arts degree from Harvard University, two bachelor’s degrees from the University of South Florida in Art Education and in Fine Arts Painting.  She completed her painting education at Louisiana State University with a Master of Fine Arts, Painting. Joanna studied art history abroad in Paris in 2000 and in Venice, Rome, and Florence in 2004. She participated in a joint American-Russian exhibition in Russia in 2009. Joanna has coordinated and instructed many traveling art workshops to Santa Fe, NM, St. Augustine, FL, Tuscany, Italy, and Havana, Cuba.


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