oil on panel, 12x12"
The grand finale deserves grand falsies! This has been a thrilling month in the studio. At first I was unsure if creating a new oil painting in about 2 1/2 hrs a day was even possible for the types of images I was looking to realize, but I'm happy to see the work come to fruition.
This whole endeavor was a painting party, thrown to observe the modern role of woman (as it relates to gender performance, class, and behavior). Long interested in the relationship between grotesque performer and entertained audience, I selected a variety of performers in the public eye to give them my version of close up. SO close in fact that the edges of their faces become the hard edge of the painting, and the viewer is made aware of the lens.
The use of miniature Japanese and Singaporean cell phone trinkets bring their own flavor to the work and invite a personification of the inanimate objects. Fascinated with this tiny charms as still lives, I thought the plastic, fake smiles and feminine bend lent themselves to a discussion on how young ladies and good girls behave. The cloying sweetness of the objects presented themselves as too much, similar to the dramatic energy of the portraits.
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Ingrid Victoria Wells