Limited edition art photograph
Depicted in this black-and-white limited edition art photograph, A woman thrusts her legs through the opening of a large vehicle tire. Her hips and thighs are visible on one side, her calves and feet on the other. Her legs are raised high and press firmly against the inner walls where they enter the tire.
There is a dual nature to the image. The tire is perfectly round, imposing, and manufactured. The protagonist is organic and, other than her interaction with the tire, dissimilar to it in all these aspects. Additionally, the tire is sturdy and robust while her body is lithe and lanky.
Her legs are uplifted but not parallel. Her arms are parallel. Her face is towards the camera, and her gaze is turned oddly up and away.
The tire divides this image and provides an example of continuity, the visual concept by which we understand both halves of her body to belong to the same person, despite not being able to see all of her.
There are various intricate details in the otherwise black mass of the tire. The coarse tread is prominent and contains multiple levels of subdivision. Tiny nibs of rubber are visible on parts of the tire.
The use of an automobile tire as an element in this limited edition art is reminiscent of artworks such as Robert Rauschenberg’s “Monogram”, Herb Ritts’s “Fred with Tires” and Banksy’s “Kid Rolling A Burning Tire”. In the context of a nude figure, Pirelli calendar photographers such as Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon are also obvious influences.