Eleanor Antin, Carving: A Traditional Sculpture, 1972
These photos document Antin dieting and they are taken from all sides of her naked body every day for a 36 day period. She is both the sculpter and the sculpted as she carves away at herself, removing fat. These photos act as anthropometric photography; a type of photography that was supposed to convey objectivity to measure the human body.
The main idea of this conceptual piece was a physical manifestation of the pressures put on women in Western society. She was inspired by how physical standards for women are continuously designed and re-designed according to trends, fashions and perceptions of society. Her method of carving her own body was referencing the -male- sculptor as he carves out the ideal female shape in classical art, and then puts that particular representation on a pedestal.