Julia Fullerton-Batten, who we featured back in 2011, is a German photographer with a knack for the beautifully bizarre. In her latest series, Unadorned, she draws upon the subjects and techniques of Old Masters alongside our modern social conventions to create a set of grotesquely glorious portraits.
Here I was inspired by paintings of old masters from the 15th to 17th Century (Titian to Rubens). Over a period of three centuries, these masters showed that female beauty of that time was represented by curvaceous bodies and in Rubens’ case by outright corpulence. It is only in very recent times, since Twiggy and Barbie came to the fore in the 1960s, that our narcissistic society reinforced by the media and advertising now interprets the ideal figure to be ultra-thin. I guess in my work I am making social observations as well as fine-art.