past exhibition

Charise Isis

 

CHARISE ISIS
The Boudoir Project

January 4- February 18, 2008

 

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The subjects are women; women of diverse ages, social backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, shapes and sizes. They came to the studio of fine art photographer Charise Isis to commission a boudoir portrait, either as a gift to someone they love or as a gift to themselves. "Boudoir", as described by Isis in this context, refers to one's private sanctuary; not a physical sanctuary, but one that exists somewhere within us, that which we often keep to ourselves or share only in intimate relationships.

In the process of photographing, Isis discovered that the women were revealing to her camera more than just their bodies. Arriving with their own issues of body identity and insecurity, the women came to discover the sensual essence that lies within them and makes them a beautiful and individual being. Isis witnessed the liberation that each one of them experienced, a positive shift in the perception of self, a level of deeper acceptance and esteem, the pure joy of doing something to free the feminine spirit and mystique.

She felt compelled to open a dialogue about women and body image and to present beauty and sensuality that stretches beyond our society's very narrow ideals of what beauty is. The end goal is to help break down the stereotypes that we are constantly fed by the media. With permission of all the women, she decided to create an exhibition, and eventually a book, which would defy society's impossible, even warped, standards of beauty and perfection. "The Boudoir Project" will have its premiere exhibition at Galerie BMG in Woodstock, NY. It is a lush, evocative collection of portraits capturing the inner beauty and sensuality that lies within each of her subjects. The women have become, if even for a brief moment, goddesses and heroines, captured forever by Isis's camera.

Charise Isis, resides in Kingston, NY. Before working as a photographer, she worked for many years as an exotic dancer where she documented the strength, beauty and creativity of her colleagues. These images appear in "American Stripper", her first book scheduled to be published soon. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Massachusetts, Art Galerie, Siegen, Germany and the Seattle Erotic Art Festival.

A percentage of the photograph sales from this exhibition will be donated by the artist and the gallery to a New York based eating disorder outreach, education and support program. Images are available in sizes ranging from 5 x 7 to 24 x 36 in editions of 15.

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