Leigh Ledare's Oedipal Complex Is Not Our GainMegan Carpentier7/30/08 5:40pmFiled to: Leigh ledare's oedipal artTina ledareNudityOedipal complexArtMore than a woman72EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkI don't like pretty art — flowers (unless they're obvious vagina metaphors), boats, staid portraiture, still lifes... none of that is really my scene. I prefer art that disturbs me and makes me think; pictures that are, actually, worth a thousand words. And while I don't know that Leigh Ledare's work about his mother is enough to wring 1,000 words out of me this late on a Wednesday afternoon, I definitely have something to say about it. Mostly, what I have to say starts when I IM'd my editor to say "I'm cropping his mom's nipple out of one really good photo [NSFW] AND I CANNOT BELIEVE I JUST WROTE THAT."Because, look, I get as much as anyone that social norms in the U.S. about nudity are a little more Puritanical than average. I haven't seen one of my parents naked since I was old enough to remember, because, when I was old enough to remember, my mom made a point of covering up like Eve in the Garden. To a degree, I wish my mother was a little less ashamed of her body — the way Tracie's mom is — because I feel like I would probably be less ashamed of mine if she was. And so my house is filled with female nudes, and I have tried with varying degrees of success to overcome my own body-consciousness with boyfriends and lovers and that's how I live out my mother's body issues and my own.