Photographer Ashley Batz catches once again the fluid movements of principal ballerina Dores Andre in our study of women as the subject of art. Dores herself is moving art in her everyday life, and is it possible that the female being has brought diverse depth to art?
Dores has long been a muse of ours, a Femme of Vérité from the beginning. She always feels like the subject of a Matisse portrait — her unfamiliar beauty surrounded by color and movement that lives bigger than the frame itself. Though she is small, admirable to look at, and effective in her subject, she is not an object of art but art itself. A living breathing canvas from her personal style, to her rhythm on stage — the type you can’t collect but observe from a distance.
As long as fine art has been around so has the labor of capturing all the dynamic elements of the female and all that she is — form, character, contradictions. Only in capturing woman as a deeply studied subject, and not object does the artist find success.