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 bust line, through surgical assistance, has
expanded from a 36DD to the current 48DD bust line.
My paintings here explore her pre-surgical, 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.