With this in mind, she exceptionally captures a balance between her everlasting quest for love and sexuality-exploring herself beyond her original sensuality and naked body.
Martins’ intention is to deeply evoke melancholy and loneliness. This idea came to her in 2015 when she was invited to portray herself (for the very first time) in front of several photographers at the Kim Weston workshop. This Nude photography show based on: “The Modernism of Gaudi and the Surrealism of Dali” which as she says:
‘It was all but a challenge towards new discoveries, and it is where I met and became my own antithesis”.
Nudity helps Vanessa Martins to transcend herself. Thereby achieving an integral ‘materialistic detachment’ that releases her earthly mechanisms. Those of us sensitive viewers, will also manage to strip ourselves of our own ‘protective remnants’. As if to passively attest that our presaging layers of clothing is what is impeding us from releasing our own true humanity… Precisely what Martins endeavours to crystallise via her nudity.
Vanessa Martins’ use of inherent lyricism invites us to question human existentialism by harmoniously blending the need to be loved, eroticism, melancholy and her own dormant feelings. Delicate lights and shadows fall on her body which becomes the expressionist canvas of her spirituality – where subject and backdrop meet photographical form.
Where some people may see absolute nudity, others (we hope) will see the artist’s stark-naked feelings.
Vanessa Martins was born in 1987. Her photography career started in Venezuela in 2005. People’s day-to-day surroundings and how they link to their feelings drive her curiosity to capture what isn’t hers.
In 2010, she embarked on a self-portrait project which revealed different feelings and allowed her to immerse herself in a persistent inner study to underpin her sensibility. View more