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Sculpture Rejected: Club Explicit Magazine Cover by Emma Lehto

Rejected: Club Explicit Magazine Cover

Cut paper, paper sculpture | Size: 8.5 x 10.75 | 2016


I had made this piece for an art show, the theme was focused on nudity. This work was rejected. At first I was really disappointed, as I was informed it was not explicit enough nor was there enough skin exposed to qualify. After a few days had passed, it forced me to re-examine the work and why I made it to begin with; as I was afraid that I would only discover I had made it presuming that it would be automatically be accepted. ( Lesson learned - never do that.)

What I discovered, was that unlike in my previous books/magazines that I have deconstructed, in this work I purposely deconstructed her breast/chest area and crotch area exposing the inner pages of the magazine while juxtaposing it with her face, body posture and text. As the theme of this magazine is adult nudity, it forces the viewer to imagine what their own visual of her body anatomy would be.