Peaches by Ellen Von Unwerth, Rouilly le Bas, 2002
“Last night I dreamt about you. What happened in detail I can hardly remember, all I know is that we kept merging into one another. I was you, you were me.” —
Franz Kafka to Milena Jesenska, 1921
André Kertész - Untitled, female nude (a Parisian art dealer), 1984
She was often gripped with the desire to be elsewhere.’
From the series Re-Visions by Marcia Resnick, 1976-1977
Cindy Sherman - bikini, from the series Air Shutter Release Fashions, 1975.
… photograph taken from the book Cindy Sherman: The Early Work, 1975-77, Catalogue Raisonné at the SF MoMA earlier today. (the only nudes i’ve ever seen of Cindy Sherman)
Poster designed by Jakub Erol for Magda Vásáryová’s film Zkrocení zlého muze, 1988
From Domesticated Woman series by Marianna Rothen
Illustration of rabbit skull from A Systeme of Anatomy (treating of the body of man, beasts, birds, fish, insects, and plants) by Samuel Collins, 1685
Three Kinds of Woman by Joel Peter Witkin, 1992
Valie Export, Einfügung, 1976
From Untitled (The Sacred Heart of Jesus) by Henry Darger
“The moon has nothing to be sad about,
Staring from her hood of bone.
She is used to this sort of thing.
Her blacks crackle and drag.” —
Sylvia Plath, from “Edge”
There’s a German word for it, of course: Sehnsucht, which translates as “addictive yearning.” This is, I think, what these sites evoke: the feeling of being addicted to longing for something; specifically being addicted to the feeling that something is missing or incomplete. The point is not the thing that is being longed for, but the feeling of longing for the thing.