Geoffrey Nelson grew up overseas, mainly in North Africa, in a diplomatic family. He attended high school in Spain and Morocco and then went to California to complete his university studies at the University of California at Berkeley. His peripatetic childhood set him on a path as a travel photographer which morphed into twenty years as a fine art and commercial photographer. His subject has always been the nude since his early days in Berkeley. In the last few years his work has taken a three dimensional turn spurred on in part by his many years attending the Burning Man festival as well as working with another artist on her sculptural project. His use of heat molded plastic strips to create these figures is unique and opens up unlimited possibilities.
This work came out of the fiery furnace that is Burning Man. Started as a project with a friend it soon evolved into an obsession of acrylic, LED's, paint, blow torches and a determination to create a new type of sculpture that embodied a 21st Century representation of our lost goddesses. From the farthest reaches of history there have been powerful women archetypes that have faded with our patriarchal culture. Some may be heroic or some may be tragic, but they all embody feminine power. Here is my interpertation of a few of them.