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Female Gaze Friday: Isabel Rocamora’s “Body of War”

Representations of the male figure in art are far less common than works depicting women. A long history of straight men dominating the art world has led to many images of winsome women, but fewer of beautiful men (I’ve written on this subject before; if you’d like to read more about the lack of male figures in art check it out here).

Because of this, I’d like to introduce Female Gaze Friday! Every Friday I will post a woman-created work of art depicting a man—one small act to reverse the male gaze! Not all images will be provocative, many will be nonsexual or even disturbing. Hopefully this will be a way of learning more about women artists (as well as looking at dudes)!

Kicking off Female Gaze Friday is Body of War by Isabel Rocamora. I was lucky enough to see her work during my time in Florence at the Palazzo Strozzi as part of an exhibit titled, An Idea of Beauty. Here is a quick clip of Rocamora’s work:

You can see the artist speak about Body of War here. Skip to 2:32 to watch the entire piece—it’s definitely worth it! The graceful movement of the figures make an incredible contrast with the violence of war.

Check back on Fridays for more images of men by women. And feel free to suggest works of art or artists in the comments!


  1. As a woman, I really love your idea of “Female Gaze Friday”. I like the idea of reversing the gaze.

    • Thanks! And let me know if you have any suggestions. I’ve been gathering works of art and it’s surprisingly difficult!

      • I bet it is difficult!! But, that is why your idea/work are so important.


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