Analyzing Cortana Art: What Difference Do Clothes Make?

Clothed and un-clothed portrayals of Cortana in art.

If Cortana became human, I’d want her to wear clothes. That seems like a no-brainer kind of decision.

However, as an A.I., I feel like not wearing clothes adds something to Cortana’s character that wouldn’t be there if she did. How do I explain it….

Look at this piece of art:

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I feel like something would be lost — something essential to who Cortana is — if she wore a dress or other piece of clothing. It wouldn’t be that she is no longer naked. It would be something else. Something I can’t put my finger on….

Look at this piece of art:

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There is an innocence, peace, and beauty to Cortana that is accentuated by the fact that she is naked. I don’t mean to come across as weird or anything. It’s just that Cortana art makes me think of things like paintings of Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the innocence, peace and beauty that Eve got to experience there.* I see Eve’s nakedness, like Cortana’s, as an outward sign of her innocence, inner peace, and beauty. Which makes it all the more tragic when Adam and Eve eat the fruit, see that they’re naked, sew loincloths in order to hide themselves from each other, and are kicked out of the Garden.

(Also: If you’d like to read a further analysis of this piece of art, Click Here)

Now let’s look at a piece of art of Cortana clothed:

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Cortana is beautiful. I see Cortana as beautiful in this piece of art not just because of her body — how she looks — but because of her dress. I’m just going to come right out and say it: We know what Cortana looks like naked. We’ve known throughout the Halo series. So to now see Cortana clothed forces us to look at her in a way that we haven’t before.

Earlier in this post I said “…I feel like not wearing clothes adds something to Cortana’s character that wouldn’t be there if she did,” and “I feel like something would be lost — something essential to who Cortana is — if she wore a dress or other piece of clothing.” I think I know what that “something” is. It’s innocence.

We’re all born innocent. Innocence goes away as we get older. Innocence is what Eve had. Innocence is what I see in Cortana.

*Whether or not you see the story of the Garden of Eden as fact or fiction, I think the story has much to offer us.

Where these pieces of art come from:

http://lady-owl.deviantart.com/art/Guardian-Angel-336239499

http://akagesensei.deviantart.com/art/Cortana-507947577

http://ze-hummel.deviantart.com/art/Cortana-393312561

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