Portraits of Nude Women Swimming Promote Body Positivity

| © Reisha Perlmutter

Artist Reisha Perlmutter decidedly chose non-models for her portrait series of nude women swimming under water in an effort to promote body positivity, in a world where ribcage bragging is on trend. The series, called Immerse, which will debut in Easthampton‘s Roman Fine Art Gallery on July 28 and run through August 27, features women from different cultures swimming nude all over the world.

“I think women need to see images of real women,” the artist says. “Within this capitalist economy we’re constantly being bombarded with these idealized images of women that are supposed to coax us into buying stuff we think we need because it will make us look a certain way.”

In a world of conspicuous consumption inextricably tied to the female body, Perlmutter’s work emphasizes the connection her subjects have to the water.

In an artist statement, Perlmutter writes, “Color and light move across the skin through the water, in energetic brushwork, blurring the edges between the figure and it’s surrounding environment.”
“Through this connection,” the artist continues, ”

we sense that the body and the water are one.”

She adds, “I think putting images out there of normal women, and just being like, ‘OK this is a body, you don’t have to make a statement about it,’ and being able to see the beauty in just being empowered by your body, is a lot better.”

Upon first glance, Perlmutter’s work appears to be photography. However, her nudes are painted, as the artist uses oil on canvas to add another level of interpretation to the image. Additionally, she tries to avoid sexually charging her nudes, but rather shifts focus to the body as a whole being.

Reisha Perlmutter: Immerse at Roman Fine Art
July 28 – August 27, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, July 29, 2-5pm
LOCATION: 66 Park Place, East Hampton, NY 11937

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