Anica Archip

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I'm uncomfortable being photographed and have been uncomfortable exposing a lot of skin - even at the beach. Like most females growing up in a big city, the unsolicited and lewd attention, that began in my pre-teen years, made me guarded, feeling ashamed of my body. Now, as a mature woman I've been working to reclaim my self-image through my art. My self-portaitures challenge me to see the sensual nature of my female form, both soft and strong, and present it to the viewer on my terms - it's a powerful, healing adventure.   

My style of shooting is spontaneous. I could be in a restaurant bathroom, see my form in the mirror, how the light falls on certain parts and be inspired. I’ll lock the door, quickly disrobe and start shooting. I find freedom of expression "being in the moment", unplanned, unconstrained. When reviewing the images I almost always see my form in geometric shapes; a circle here, an angle there. I find myself simplifying the background, I decontextualize the image so that the form, shapes and angles I see take prominence. As I reconstruct, I hardly ever know what the final piece will look like.

"A Study in Mathematics & Engineering: Vectors", 2020, Digital Photography
"A Study in Mathematics & Engineering: Triangle", 2020, Digital Photography
"Geometry: Angles & Curves 1", 2019, Digital Photography
"Geometry: Angles & Curves 2", 2020, Digital Photography

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Iceland
Hafnarfjörður
Exploring the boundaries of gender and gendered expression, these photographs draw on the art of drag and female illusion, combining or conflating them with more traditionally masculine styles. The photographs also allude to queer culture and counterculture, as viewed through a mostly camp...
United Kingdom
Acton
“50% of women say they always or often feel unsafe walking alone at night. 61% of women regularly take steps to avoid being sexually assaulted (YouGov, Mar 2019)” For women living in any city, travelling home late at night, whether after a late-night shift or night out, can be a daunting task and le...
France
Paris
Crépus is an on-going photo series on Black hair of Black people in France. I’ve started this series back in 2019, everything began with a global project on Racism I'm still working on, with different lines of research. A short film I've directed called "The Orange child", it deals with the vision...
United States of America
West Palm Beach
We are children playing adult, wandering through the fog, casting illusions of grandeur and promises of success beyond the periphery. Perhaps it is what goads us on, a flicker in the fade.  My name is Arnauld D'Angelo Sylvain, and I am a painter. This work is a collection of photographs I've t...
United States of America
Pawtucket
As an emphasis was put on making your own protective mask at home during the pandemic, I began sewing fabric breasts into a protective helmet or shield. Once completed, I decided to push the concept further by making a protective body suit. In isolation, I used myself as a model. I began exploring t...

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