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Friday, June 26, 2009

BAMBIE BELTRAN @ 13:52 GAWA DOS


Iconic. The woman’s legs inspire. As humans, we react to its image. For all its familiarity, we hardly ever pause to regard the woman’s legs as a visual form. Bambie Beltran painted on canvas a series about these appendages in ways to cause the viewer to reconsider its splendor and renew faith in all things woman and human.

In Beltran’s own words, “These paintings give tribute to the enduring appeal of the female leg. A woman's leg is an erotic oddity. It is non-genital and is nearly identical in structure to the male limb. There is no obvious reason why it should be eroticized. Yet through much of history and across many cultures, the female leg was kept covered and treated as taboo until it became an object of sexual obsession. In Victorian times, the word leg was forbidden in polite society, lest gentlemen be driven wild with lust. Pre-Hispanic Filipinos did not have this taboo until the Iberian influence spread throughout the archipelago. At present, after women’s legs came out of hiding, their allure remains mysterious and powerful.”

Celebrate color in the shape of a woman’s limb, the curves, the lines, its experiences and the imperfections. Most of all remember the womanity and humanity in humanity.


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