Starry Ecstasy (2003)
Colour photograph (Giclée) by Alva Bernadine


  • Colour photograph (Giclée), Other
  • From a limited edition of 15
  • Size: 36 × 24 × 1 in / 36 × 24 in (actual image size)
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Alva Bernadine

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

An open mouth reclining orgasmic nude woman on a bed is reflected in 3 mirrors on a table, her hand to her sex. There are painted stars on the wall.

The series received a lot of publicity on the internet on sites such as Juztapoz, Beautiful Decay, Nerve and many others. This particular image was usually used as the feature image.

I often trawl charity shops and stores that sell cheap kitsch because I sometimes come across objects and trinkets that may lead to ideas for photos. I came across some small mirrors in a £1 shop. They were selling them for £1 for two. I bought six not knowing what I would do with them. After a false start I eventually came up with the idea of shooting nudes with them. I have used mirrors before in my work but never in multiples. After initially trying to get as many into an image as possible, I then started thinking up different permutations, finally working my way back down to one mirror (I was asked for the use of the later for a controversial feminist book in Argentina). As the mirrors were so small, you can only reflect a small portion of the body with one, which led be to try to reconstitute a woman with several.

Materials used:

Image infused into aluminium sheet. Archival, glossy, hard wearing and waterproof, light, printed edge to edge and ready to hang.

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