Ecce Homo: The Evocative Nude Series from Natalia Evelyn Bencicova

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Ecce Homo: The Evocative Nude Series from Natalia Evelyn Bencicova

The evocative and striking series Ecce Homo by Natalia Evelyn Bencicova, a 21 year old Slovakian artist, explores human vulnerability and behaviour within society as well as society's character within the world.Bencicova, utilising anonymous, naked, human figures, captures a sense of unease, symmetry and oppression. Writhing together, the bodies echo a desperate and longing need for contact and warmth. The figures are shown in sterile, impersonal and constricting locations which hold an energy that exude the cold and unnatural restrictions of the man-made. Despite the forbidding and cold nature of the photographs, this multifaceted body of work has a mysterious beauty which draws on humanity's imperfect inner workings and connections.

Natalia Evelyn Bencicova is a 21 year old visual creative, practising photography and mixed media. She grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia and is currently living in Berlin. Bencicova has been exploring photography for only two years and is interested in the connections between commercial and artistic photography. Now, she is planning to continue her artistic practice academically, by attending the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Find more of Bencicova’s work on Bēhance and Tumblr.

Photographs and Information used with permission from artist.

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Henry Louey's picture

Lovely and evocative series.

To Quote "Now, she is planning to continue her artistic practice academically, by attending the University of Applied Arts in Vienna."

For self taught photographers like Natalia I always wonder if university (at this stage of her career) will be of a help or hindrance? If she continues down her current rate of learning and creativity in 3 years would her time be better spent working with mentors, or stuck in the classroom doing subjects which may not be relevant to her and with limited time to shoot for personal projects due to class work.

I am not saying a degree isn't relevant but being so young why not shoot now and apply that real world knowledge to an academic qualification later in her career?

ALI ZAIDI's picture

Totally agree to your opinion. Mentoring and not "classroom education" can / will further enhance her view and technical expertise.

If getting a degree is what it's about, then it's a different thing.

Danielle Douglass's picture

I agree. It definitely depends on what she wants to pursue. I've almost finished my degree in visual arts and despite the concept and 'art world' knowledge I've received, I've found that the Arcanum which is a mentor/ apprenticeship program, is helping me far more than University ever did. However, both have their pros and cons.

John Sheehan's picture

I agree too. The quality of her work is leaps and bounds ahead of other students her age, or some professionals twice her age. This is a talent that needs to be nurtured so it can grow. While I think for most people a degree is worth pursuing, this isn't one of those times.

I went to a pretty well known art school and my opinion is that it is both a hinderance and a help. Art school gives you a lot more freedom to explore within a few parameters. I didn't really know what to do with that amount of freedom at first. You had to do studies based on techniques or themes occasionally but studio classes are so long (like you get 3 credit hours for 6 actual hours) that most of the projects can be completed during class. The parameters are things like "still life with 2 light sources" or "monochromatic". Very open assignments that exist basically to justify the grade. Art school will teach you techniques but really push you to evolve creatively by making you question how you think.

Also something to consider, I'm not sure how the University system works over there but she may not be eligible to go or go for no cost later in life.

Henry Louey's picture

Hi Jennifer,

As I said it's not clear cut either way as both have there pro's and con's. But for me I have never heard of any customer/client go up to a photographer and say "What University did you goto?"

My post was more about saying. Let yourself explore now - we can hone those skills as you mature

Good point about the funding though. In Australia at least its easier for mature age students to get into uni (we all get screwed by the government post degree equally anyway!)

I've never been asked about my education at all. I think most people assume I have an accounting degree. Most artists I know don't say where they went to school, with the exception of the animators. The art school students don't want to appear too artsy, the state school students are self conscious because most of the art programs are so-so. No one is happy lol.

It's easier for older students to go to school in Aus? Interesting! In the US, it doesn't matter for admission but financial aid is an issue. I thought about going to grad school but was completely turned off by all financial aid nonsense.

Peter House's picture

This is absolutely incredible work.

interesting. not really my thing but i can see the art in it.. simple.

Ajith Pran's picture

This is awesome (Y)

Spy Black's picture

That was an interesting project. Almost a letdown when you actually see heads sticking out. Looks like it was painful to be a part of some of those arrangements. Interesting take on nudes tho.

Pratik Naik's picture

This is so fascinating!

I love this! I wish she had kept the heads out entirely though. The ones that don't show the heads are almost disturbing and that's what I like about it.