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The Women (New Work)

March 13, 2013

I have to make a confession which is that I just recently had some babies (Yes that’s plural-as in 2). This is one of the reasons my posts have been infrequent over the last few months. Another reason is because I was trying to finish as much work as possible before I gave birth. I was trying to wrap up my most current series, The Women. The paintings are below and if you scroll all the way down you can read what the series is about.
The Call, Acrylic on Canvas, 30″x40″

Flower Diptych, Acrylic on Canvas, 60″x40″ (individually 30″x40″)
Woman VI, Acrylic on Canvas, 30″x40″
O2, Acrylic on Canvas, 36″x48″
Exchange, Acrylic on Canvas, 54″x72″
Woman VIII, Acrylic on Canvas, 30″x40″
Woman X, Acrylic on Canvas, 36″x48″
Exaltation, Acrylic on Canvas, 54″x72″
Woman VII, Acrylic on Canvas, 36″x48″
Challenge, Acrylic on Canvas, 30″x40″
Woman XI, Acrylic on Canvas, 60″x48″
In The Women series intense and vibrantly colored paintings celebrate the female form and attempt to show images, which also integrate the feelings women have about sex. This series is a celebration of everything that a woman should encompass- the traits, elements of personality, imperfections and perfections that should be celebrated in all their glory. Often women are made to feel as though they should look or feel a certain way about themselves and their sexuality. They are influenced to change their appearance and to suppress who they really are. The paintings explore this idea by separating the physical and emotional and by presenting the images parallel to each other, and they show how women are not just one or the other – they are both.
The visual intensity of the female experience of sexual desire and the act of sex are shown as intertwined complex images and symbols. The visual language established in the paintings was influenced by a combination of surrealism, abstract expressionism, as well as, interpretations of personal experiences. These paintings challenge the viewer with the dichotomy between a celebration of the idealized female form and an uncompromising depiction of the female sexual experience.
In contrast, the idealized figures are depicted with simple lines of a woman’s body embracing the humanity, beauty, and love that traditionally accompany such an image. The lines on the bodies represent a kind of scarification, which articulate the contours of a body and transmit the complex message about identity in our society. The real outlines of a woman’s body are continuously judged in Western society. They determine whether a woman is the “right” size or shape, as well as, the “wrong” size or shape. If judged in a negative manner a woman may become dispirited.
Many of the positions of the bodies in the paintings were inspired by iconic images of women throughout art history and modern day advertising. From the Grand Odalisque painted by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres to an ad for Yves Saint Laurent Opium perfume – studies of the female form are often celebrated when targeted towards men in a sexual format. On the other hand, when a woman uses her own body to make a point about sexuality it is often not as widely accepted.
As one views the two groups of paintings, a dialogue emerges that contrasts sex and a woman’s psyche and men’s response to sexual stimuli. The paintings are meant to provoke the viewer to acknowledge the obvious and the unspoken dualities of sexual responses.

You can Click Here to see more of this series. As well as the show I did for UBS.

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