I am pleased to share that We Hunt the Doe was awarded first place in the All About Women virtual exhibition organized by the Marin Society of Artists.
All About Women is a nationally juried virtual exhibition featuring work about women by 84 artists from 22 states. The collection of work was juried by Josh Otten and Josh Paquette of J. Willott Gallery in Palm Springs, California.
The collection of works are viewable in an alphabetical slideshow here or you can peruse still images here.
This week I bid farewell to 'We Hunt the Doe' as she embarks on her journey with Atelier 4 to Washington D.C. to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery for the final round of judging in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2022.
The finalists will be announced publicly in spring and exhibit in Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today, followed by a national tour.
A big thank you to both the National Portrait Gallery, Atelier 4, and Kevin and Angel of Atelier 4, for exceptional experiences working together :-)
Work in process rose and lemon details with palettes from a new piece from my "I Believe in Ghosts" series.
"Title TBD," oil on linen, 34 x 28 inches (86 x 71 cm).
Here I've compiled detail photos of the head in "We Hunt the Doe" in order to show a glimpse into my process. The images progress from the development of the black and white "dead layer" through various color glazes to get to the final result.
Throughout my series, I Believe in Ghosts, I reference vanitas — 17th century Dutch still lifes — to draw on the tradition of sharing a moral lesson. Vanitas paintings present an array of objects as symbols to remind us of the transience and vanity of human existence and earthly possessions and pleasures. My modern interpretation of vanitas puts the female figure directly in the composition, exploring transience of innocence, value, and agency relating to female identity. I use symbolism and allusion to convey the tension between objectifying the female body and recognizing the rich interiority of the female subject.
Objects have histories, yet are unable to speak them — what does it really mean to treat women as objects?
Ourself Behind Ourself, Concealed, from my I Believe in Ghosts series, is exhibiting for the first time in a group exhibition at Verum Ultimum Gallery in Portland, Oregon. From the organizer: "Chasing Ghosts V is a collection of art that pierces the veil through remembrance, legacy, and beyond."
Experience the works in person or online here.
Chasing Ghosts V from October 25 - November 28, 2020
Verum Ultimum Art Gallery
3014 NE Ainsworth Ave,
Portland, OR 97211
Me and I and her and she all come together for a visual update on the evolution of I Believe in Ghosts.
Left to right:
We Hunt the Doe, oil on linen, 42 x 49 inches, work in progress
Ourself Behind Ourself, Concealed, oil on linen, 51 x 39 inches, July 2020
Minds Pass Minds Be They Occupied, 50 x 68 inches, oil on linen, work in progress
This is the third painting in my series, I Believe in Ghosts, and one of the pieces I've been most keen to paint. I've been vigorously working to cover the canvas and see the the image come to life at it's intended size. Work in progress, "We Hunt the Doe," oil on linen, 42 x 49 inches.
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