Naked State was created in a residency of the same name: a 10-day residency to promote the creation of art that explores the nude human body in context of nature, culture, and art. For the duration of the residency, the artists live as naturists (in the nude) within a naturist community to create works that explore questions such as: What is nudity? Does stripping away clothing rid us of class, gender, and personal expression? Do the connections between our bodies and the land change when nude? Is nudity always sexual? Is it possible to be civil in the nude? Is there a natural state for human being?
Inspired by these questions, my process-centered work presents natural and synthetic pseudo-skin over indigenous landscape forms, provoking thought about what is covered/what is revealed and human-enforced perspectives on natural beauty.