Bernard Perroud, creator of the cover image for Co-ed Naked Philosophy, is a prolific and highly imaginative artist, comfortable and talented in diverse media, whose blog I have long admired. Here he is, chasing inspiration in his dreams, or as he writes:
His artistic interests range from architecture, landscape, and public spaces to automobiles and sculpture, but one of his most abiding themes is the body. I think of Bernard fondly as a “somanaut,” from the Greek for “body explorer,” because of the ways in which he illuminates aspects of corporeality. He writes,
“Details of the body fascinate me because of the image associations and analogies that they provocate on multiple levels: feelings, architecture, design, etc.”
He illustrates these analogies with a series of renderings comparing the curves of female anatomy to those of a Porsche:
Many of his works delve deeply into such analogies, such as the striking architectural resonances of his marvelously original, metaphorically rich “Keystone” series:
|Belly Column in the Setting Sun|
|Belly Column (finished)
click for panoramic view
His anatomical images will often capture a novel comparative perspective between the sexes, as in “Hers and His Legs” and “Couples” below:
|He n She Legs|
Is there a conflict between the reality of our dreams and this other one that we concede (sometimes!) to be more “real”?
What is the value of a “representation”?