What makes one female? Biology defines gender by
sexual organs and hormones; however, it exists
visually in culture in a social context. In some tribal
cultures women look forward to menopause,
because when ovulation ceases they are considered
males -- a life change that is celebrated ritually. With
these thoughts in mind, the contemporary iconic
image of Dolly Parton becomes a paradox. After a
well documented hysterectomy in the early eighties,
her bustline, through surgical assistance, has
expanded from a 36DD to the current 48DD bustline.
My paintings here explore her presurgical, natural
physical body juxtaposed with her hyper female
cultivated image that is obtained through objects
of artifice, i.e., wigs, costumes, nails, etc.
Luscious Outside, acrylic on board, 14" x 16", 2004
Luscious Inside, acrylic on board, 14" x 16", 2004
Opening Act, acrylic on board, 14" x 16", 2004
Spin, acrylic on board, 14" x 16", 2004
Hot, acrylic on board, 14" x 16", 2004
Goodbye, acrylic on board, 8" x 10", 2004
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recent studio work about Ramón y Cajal.
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