For a while I was a naked model. I haven’t done so much lately. The process of taking off my clothes and posing has become almost second nature. Nudity doesn’t phase me. The idea of someone creating art on my body or a photographer capturing a moment, even creating one, now that’s exciting. I’m a visual creature, I live for the image, the art. It’s why I allowed Mike to write on me. It’s why I invited Balthazar and Sonia to photograph it. I just wanted to create something beautiful using different mediums.
I’m a painter. I know how to put down paint, mix colors, and follow the form. I’ve always been a fan of mixed media. Secretly I’ve always wanted to be a photographer. But as an artist I experiment. I learn. This project has been about learning, it’s been about patience.
As I lay down on that mattress and let him work, my mind wandered. I thought about things I had to do. I joked with Sonia and Balthazar. I faded away into my own world. Part of the process is letting things happen naturally, not to force them, and letting art create itself. If it’s the one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s to never force anything.