Sorry to the original writer, Reynald Drouhin, but this made me giggle as I read it aloud in a french accent...
The Nude is a well-known exercise of the artistic process. It helps the studend built a relationship between various styles of strokes and the human anatomy, the scientific norm.
Although nudity has evolved over the ages, it will always be a symptom of our ambivalent relation to images, halfway between the purity of the body and the downfall of it, whether this downfall be tattered canvas or in the ground.
But what is the nude hiding? What lies between what can and can't be seen? For example in works such as: "The Origin of the World" (Courbet, 1866) and "Etant donnes: 1. La chute d'eau, 2. Le gaz d'eclairage" (Duchamp, 1946-1966), we find an interstice, a fissure where the world finds its origin, its sexuality.
The sensuality of the nude is an esthetical concern, which can only be grasped from a distance. An eye touched by a body becomes blind.
At first sight, it seems that in this age we have standardised nudity, however, obscenity is still present in female bodies. Clothed and hidden they forbid men's blind gazes.
If art is to lay bare one's body and soul, if its role is both to veil and unveil in a single gesture, where is our nudity today? What is a nude when a body can be cloned and nano-technologies penetrate our flesh? And what relates a generalised nudity and the other form of bareness, which is dictated by the aesthetic?
Link to the artwork this is talking about (not safe for work, contains bad 80s fashion)