Artist Bio: Miriam Rieck
Miriam Rieck is a passionate, sensual, intuitive artist/photographer based in Austin, Texas. Her work in the past had focused on music as well as Western Lifestyles. She is currently focusing on portraiture, including male nudes.
Her style is “plein air”. She believes in witnessing subjects in their natural surroundings and capturing their evocative emotions. She uses conversation and verbal prompts to help her subjects reach those emotions.
She believes that art can be used as a tool for conversation on subjects like our inherent erotic nature and promoting equality in seeing full frontal male subjects as worthy of art imagery like women are.
Artist Statement: Miriam Rieck
My photography is a means of self-expression and self-growth. I use it to identify and explore qualities in my character, as well as a forum to heal not just myself but others from trauma by offering them a lens to be witnessed as they are and not as they think they are.
I use photography to document the world around me. I look for the images that capture my attention and allow me to document the stories most people overlook-homelessness, taboo subjects, cruelty both unseen and obvious. My choice of subjects/story come from a place of intuition and is fueled by a passionate desire to tell the story as I see it. Hoping it sparks a conversation that leads to a change in both individual and societal perspective. My choice of subject comes from a place of intuition and is fueled by a passionate desire to partake and share the stories that are all around me.
I photograph people in a natural “plein air” environment because I want to be the witness not the director and capture the soul and emotions that lay behind the eyes.
Recently I have begun to work with full frontal male nudity. I want to challenge our norms of male beauty. Stepping into full frontal male nudity portraiture allows me to interact with men in a non-sexual manner. At the same time, it allows men, of all body types, gender classifications and disabilities to express themselves as erotic, sensual subjects. My subjects for this portraiture may come from me approaching men that inherently spark what I feel constitutes true male beauty and emotional connection or from a subject that feels he has a story to share and wants to be “seen”.
We tend to see the male nude in one of several lenses; as an athlete with no genitalia present(androgynous) or as a porn subject (gay) or objectified in much the same way we do women.
Full nude male photography allows all of us to have a conversation and create a foundation upon which we can build a world of new relationships, new beginnings and new stories that lead to the dissemination of rape culture, the acceptance of male emotional expression and to true equality of the sexes.
AJR. Andrew Duhon. Andrew Ripp. Balmorhea. Baskery. BeatRoot Revival. Blaggards. Brazos Valley Belly Dancer Troupes. Cereus Bright. Cerny Brothers. Choro das 3. Christopher Crow.Cody Canada and the Departed.Cody Johnson. Daniel Gonzales Band. Danny Malooly. David Wax Museum. DeFacto Productions Showcase @ SXSW 2016. Driver Friendly. Errol Siegel. Jeff Bowders. Flatland Calvary. Folk Family Revival.Friendly Savages. Gary Allan. Greg Tivis. Greg Howe. Haley Cole. Mike Ryan. Halo Drag Queens. Hazy Ray. Horse Thief. Hot Club of Cowtown. Hunter Rhea Band. If Birds Could Fly. Jason Boland & The Stragglers. Jess Williamson. Jesse Cook. Jillian Edwards. Joey McGee. John Baumann. Josh Abbott Band. Josh Groban. Kate Campbell. Kinky Friedman. KP and the BoomBoom. Lindsey Stirling. Lynyrd Skynyrd. Mandolin Orange. Matthew Mayfield. Matt Wertz. Mike Ryan. Milk Drive. Mingo Fishtrap. Modest House Sessions (2015). Nick and Paige and the Reverent Few. Ottoman Turks. Pat Green. Parker Heights Band. Peggy Sue Band. Randy McStine. Reckless Kelly. Resonant Rogues. Roger Creager. Roxy Roca. Second Lovers. Seryn. Shane Smith and the Saints. Should Have Been Cowboys. Somebodies Darling. Sons of Bill. Sour Bridges. St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Stu Hamm. Taraz Nosrat. Texas Reds Festival(2015 & 2016). Theo Love. The Black Lillie's. The Bluebonnets. The Collection. The Docs. The Deer. The NightOwls. The Statesboro Revue. The Wild Now. The Vandoliers. Tim Elliott. Tom Conlon. Turkuaz.Turnpike Troubadours. Votary. Tomar Williams and the FCS. The BlueBonnets. Votary. Wade Bowen. William Clark Green. Whiskey Myers.
2019- Two Entries In the Abigail Ekue Photography Show in NY City The Living Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2016 & 2017-Official Photographer for Chilifest Snook Texas
2015-Collaboration in Spirit and Bone (7 Photographers from around the United States, witnessing Women and their stories. (Created by Carrie Louise Wood)
2015- Included in the Top 100 Images by Photographers Forum
2015 -Ongoing Collaboration with Shannon Sanford, ICBLC a "BreastFeeding Portraiture" Campaign Byran, Texas
February 2014-Featured Photographer for Insite Magazine Bryan/College Station Texas
April 2014-Created and Curated Wylde Woman Art Show, Bryan/College Station, Texas
September/October 2013-Featured Artist at Downtown Uncorked, Bryan Texas
August 2013-Solo Show at Village Café, Bryan, Texas
January 2013- Brazos Valley Art Show: First and Second Place Bryan/College Station, Texas
Created and Published Hazy Ray Tour Book
2014 Insite Articles for the Annual Arts Issue
Contributing Writer for Equimed Website
Contributing Writer and Editor for First Edition of Find Your Fit Magazine
Local and Regional Non-Fiction Published Writer
Award Winning Editor of the LWEN Chapter (ABWA) Newsletter 2013/2014
Professional Photographers Association-National and Texas Chapters
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