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Highlighting the fact that she is not looking to shock people by photographing herself naked, her intention is to engage conversation and provoke thoughts as to why we seem so afraid to embrace the human body in its naked glory, representing us in our purest form of existence.Erica has photographed herself fully naked on the subway, riding a bike over Brooklyn Bridge, having her hair cut by a barber, snow shovelling, getting “tattooed” by Ami James, stepping out of a taxi, playing pig pong with Susan Sarandon, and so on…
The less natural body shapes we see and the fewer naked images we see, the higher chance we have of believing that ours are somehow different to the majority of others and should be hidden away.
Erica explains on her website: “Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen bloomed from an initial questioning about clothing and the importance of fashion in modern society.
What we wear acts as a silent language allowing us to portray who we are or want to be, suggesting to the outer world an impression on us—whatever that may be.
‘How have we evolved so far away from our utmost primary state of being that it is actually against the law to be nude in public?
’ Naked is who we are and who we come into the world as. I am simply an artist looking to humorously poke at some interesting thoughts about society and question who we are and embody as human beings inhabiting this home we call Earth.