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The Fundamental series of 1986/7, for example, arose out of the artist’s admiration for the ease and confidence with which male athletes manipulated their bodies in space. The gleaming musculature of nude male figures moves in and out of the shadows of these works, begging the viewer’s attention. Reversing the traditional male gaze in this manner proved somewhat controversial when the photographs were exhibited, demonstrating the provocative capacity of ffrench’s work.
The artist’s reversal of the male gaze in the Fundamentals and Trustbank series, for instance, was not intended simply to objectify and shock, but as an act of compassion. ‘I approach the study of the human form with respect, she wrote, ‘and primarily intend to project human dignity and humanity.’