Blue with Envy, acrylic and ink on paper, 16" x 20", 2008
A Matter of Time, watercolor, graphite, and pen on paper, 11" x 12", 2009
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I create biographical testimonies, through the
process of creating highly personal images; I
mine popular culture and integrate forms within
my visual language. I analyze my reactions to
fashion photography: female stereotypes
constructed as balanced archetypes and
prototypes that create a compelling connection
within our cultural identity, which advertisers
encourage us to pursue. I have noticed I
consistently use blonde and brunette personas
"coupled" together in my compositions. Seeing
them as one persona that has been split, I saw
this phenomenon in my artwork as mythology
that deserved exploration.
In the work "Night with Dawn and Cupid,"
Giovanni Mannozzi, 1635, Dawn, positioned in a
spiral, rests her head at the base of Night’s
womb. Symbolic of the equinox the two personas
represent the cosmos. This metaphor appears
frequently in fashion editorials. Within these
fashion editorials “twinned” models have similar
facial structures that imply identical identity and
contrasted; they are made fraternal by distinctive
characteristics of hair or skin color. I believe
“persona splitting” is a powerful fashion editorial
tactic, metaphorically introducing a division in
time, splitting fantasy from linear reality,
encouraging consumers to identify with the
featured personas, thus, priming the reader’s
response to be receptive to ideas and concepts.
Spectacle Spectacular: Paintings
All of the images on this page are thumbnails, please click on the thumbnails of each work below to view a larger, full screen image.
MostMore, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 18" x 24", 2006
Gold Rush, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas,
18" x 24", 2006
A Touch of the Lesbian, ink and acrylic on paper, 12" x 18", 2005
Lusty Virgin, ink and acrylic on paper, 12" x 18", 2005
Checker Board Squared, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24", 2011
Dawn Hunter with exhibition curator, Margaret Curtis, discussing Goldrush and Mostmore paintings (featured
above) at the Lines and Lives of the Face exhibition opening at the Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC.
recent studio work about Ramón y Cajal.
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