Bushes and Succulents | Photographs by Mona Kuhn
Bushes and Succulents
Photographs by Mona Kuhn
Stanley/Barker, 2018, 128 pages: 60 silver and color illustrations, 10” x 11.5”
Mona Kuhn was the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Filter Photo Festival. Her talk was so inspiring! She spoke about Bushes and Succulents as an homage to women and beauty.
Bushes & Succulents is Mona Kuhn’s artistic response to the ongoing currents in contemporary feminism. Reminiscent of Georgia O’Keefe’s floral paintings, your eyes wander around the graceful lines, not knowing exactly what you are looking at. The images are a celebration of the female essence — confident, raw and elegant, yet confrontational and unapologetic. The solarisation process reveals human imperfections, not only in the metallic brilliance of the skin, but also brings to the surface a woman’s struggles, strengths, and power.
“The frame reminded me of early childhood, at age eight or so, when I would jump in the shower with my mother. It resonates an adoration and child-like curiosity for what it is to be a woman. My intention is not to objectify the body, but to celebrate the female body and its essence.” — Mona Kuhn