Olympia is my muse in this project and as she looks straight at me – I am struck by that face, that gaze, that look that stirred up Paris in a hot fever of discontent, riot, and outcry.  A look that is straight, direct, eyes alert.  To think that it is the change of the GAZE that changes everything that is acceptable for a woman, and in particularly a nude woman, to address the viewer.  What an outcry that she DARES to look at the viewer straight on.  The paradigm changes – the object is no longer the object but viewer as well.  As one views her, she views you as well.  What a revolutionary!

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