The Torso by Robert Graham
In a city were perfection is not only desired but expected, this figure of idealized beauty speaks volumes to its surroundings. Designed to be aesthetically pleasing to the shoppers of the high-end shops located up and down the drive, the sculpture is a constant reminder of what is the expected shape of a woman in fashion to have. In addition, it acts as a muse to what the wealthy patrons expect from their companion. It empowers the viewers gaze by allowing you to stare at the woman's body without her having the ability to engage back at the viewer because she was sculpted with no head. This detail may be the key to the hidden content of the piece. Could it be, that even in 2013, a woman's worth is only located from below her neck to the top of her knees? What do you think?