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_Nicole Lesser – Study of a Nude

nessier5I started figure modeling about two years ago, often reenacting poses inspired by classical and figurative painting. I responded to these works I was becoming closer with, and used them as a basis for exploring a timelessness, thoughtfulness and craft they possess. Using photography as an illusory medium, my images exist somewhere between romanticism, appropriation and homage. There is a satisfaction, too, of reclaiming these feminine forms back into a female occupied piece by appropriating the gaze of the male painter.

– Nicole Lesser

Nicole Lesser was born in 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. She received her BFA from the Parsons School of Design in 2010 and currently lives and works between Los Angeles and New York City as an artist, freelance photographer and in film. Her photographs were recently included in Nudity Today at the Hole Gallery in NYC and she is a contributing photographer to Capricious, Girls Like Us, PIG Quarterly and Vice.