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A beautiful and challenging work.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Jock Sturges (Hardcover)
If one of the main purposes of art is to challenge, this book has certainly done its job. What's more interesting is how what it challenges is our conception of beauty. Our society, steeped in a Judeo-Christian philosophy that denies the beauty of the human body, has become so fearful of any image of nudity as to lose sight of what it is that makes our lives wonderful. And, yes, that can include the beauty of other human beings of all ages. Jock Sturges' work also challenges our notions of childhood, which we have so over-sentimentalized as to lose sight of the human beings who are the children we look at. Sturges' children are individuals; they are not there to amuse us or to do our bidding; they have the qualties of humanity denied to children by those who wish to keep children and childhood within the limits defined by Precious Moments figurines.