Muse is an ongoing collaborative project between interdisciplinary performance artist James Kinser and photographer Niki Grangruth. This body of work explores issues of non-conforming gender identity, questions notions of feminine beauty ideals and challenges the tradition of the artist / muse relationship.
This series of images reimagines and reinterprets well-known art historical paintings of female subjects by master painters. Our intention is to adhere to the visual aesthetics of the original works to retain the aura of the painting, while reinventing the concept through the use of the male subject, posing, the gaze and costuming to disrupt the socially-constructed male / female binary and draw attention to the performative nature of gender identity.
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