To bring these pieces to life, Lander forms thoughtful relationships with her models, gauging their interest and willingness to participate before asking them outright to pose. “I ask people who I feel will be open to posing for me,” she said. “Usually it’s a visceral feeling.” Sometimes, she knows her models personally; other times, they’re strangers.
Lander recalled that she met one of the “Time Off” models at a party; the woman had mentioned she often sends nudes to the men she dates. “I love my body, and the pictures are tasteful, so why not?” the model said. Lander asked her to pose, and she agreed. The open artist-model connection is apparent in every piece. Lander first photographs her subjects, then sketches out what will ultimately become layered works on paper, canvas, or wood panels.