Photographer: Sara Cath This work is a comment on the affinity the artist has for its muse. Inspired by the early 16th century paintings of reclining nude women – ex. “The Sleeping Venus” Giorgione & “Venus of Urbino” Titian, the women referenced were immortalized from a man’s view. This work portrays a woman in a place of power as both subject and artist. Through self-portraiture, the artist expresses her sexuality & control over her own image as a woman in the 21st century. As seen in the Austere Affinity issue.