Girls in Gasmasks : A Variation on a Theme in History
When I was dabbling in art in college I lived with a lovely girl in Richmond who once paint a life size pregnant woman wearing a gas mask. I was overcome by the image, it was nothing my mind of 19 years could conger up, yet there it was she had plucked it from thin air and pressed in on the tight gessoed canvas with oil based paint. Today I saw this gasmasked meme again and I decided to look it up via google images. Not only does it bring up fetishist latex clad women, which I won’t repost, but pictures from decades ago of women posing with gasmasks. There were tons of variation, a comic book, tattoos of the masked female, stock photos from reputable stock photo houses and even a Banksy of a young girl filtering the very air she breaths. On a trip to London once I happened upon a show at Shunt Art Space under London Bridge and there was a girl of about my age swimming in a fish tank wearing a gasmask and little more, it was weird but totally worth a second look as she danced underwater to the band performing on the stage just to the side of her. Anyway, here are some examples of something I didn’t realize had such a long history.