Former US medical student turns fear into art by posing nude

Posing nude

A former medical student from US, who poses in the nude to overcome her fears, has gained worldwide reputation as a provocative artist.

Miru Kim, 30, from New York, goes to strange places such as abandoned factories, tunnels, and bridges, and photographs the structures with her in the nude.

"My work in general involves getting over my fears that are deeply embedded since childhood: Fear of darkness, fear of dangerous activities in general, and fear of dirt - I had a considerable obsessive compulsive disorder as a child," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

"It's beyond therapeutic. I do this through art, because I identify with countless other people who go through the emotions of overcoming fears.

"I have always been timid since childhood. Most people may think I'm joking considering my work, but it's true," she revealed.

Kim, who started taking her clothes off in 2004, said that when she first posed nude in front of the camera, she was very nervous.

She has also put herself into what some people regard as dangerous situations in the process of getting a good nude shot.

She's found a dead body, run in to a schizophrenic homeless man, ran away from security guards in subway tunnels, dodged a helicopter while standing nude on the Manhattan Bridge in New York, and she also risked arrest by stripping in Istanbul, Turkey.

Serious art critics have acclaimed Kim's work, but casual viewers may look at it in a different way. But it does not bother her.

"People have different interpretations of my work, and I like that flexibility and openness," she said.

"The figures in the photos work as a direct sensory link between the space in the photograph and the audience, because everyone can relate to skin on a very basic human level, the sense of touch," she added.

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