Chloe sits with twins Tina and Lizzie on the rusted shell of a 1929 Ford Roadster. The muted amber and caramel tones of the nude women are set against a bluish patina. These subdue hues throughout this art nude of women on a car echo the theme of antiquity.
This image of nudes with an old car links to the Great Depression, which afflicted every ethnicity in America. About fifty percent of African Americans were out of work, and tensions between blacks and whites surged in the U.S. The predecessors of these two models might have been in competition for jobs to build automobiles like this one. This car, found in a shop that restores rusting shells into candy-glossy gems, symbolizes the power of nostalgia. Rather than gloss over the past, we can use it to reflect and draw inspiration.
It can be difficult to produce an original contribution to the theme of an art nude photograph of women and a car. The choice of a dilapidated roadster, rather than a restored or souped-up hot-rod was a conscious one for this reason. A vintage gas pump and Coca-Cola vending machine also evoke a time when things were less automated. One can imagine the attendant pumping gas for motorists as they marvel at the Coke machine’s autonomous ability to sell beverages.