SHGC The Womens Art Movement (Realism) Part 6Presentation Transcript
Projects slide image directly onto a canvas – uses an airbrush.
1970’s – still life. Features jewels, cosmetics and/or luscious array of fruit, plus a diversity of other objects.
Almost always an allegorical subtext (as in traditional still – life painting) – generally a Vanitas theme (genre which uses symbols of the transitory nature of life and it’s pleasures), sometimes actually symbolised by the presence of a skull.
Untraditional features eg. Fruits greatly enlarged (influence of Pop Art) always luscious and free from blemish “the artists meditation on the emblems of death becomes a victory over mortality as she exemplifies the objects of the world as whole, lustrous and full” eg. Instability of the objects shown (often seem magically suspended in the air, so that they acquire a visionary quality)
Sensual richness – uses heightened colour for emotional effect.
Super-realist style is used to depict dressing table still-life tableaux where the glamour and luxury of materialism in American culture is held up as a mirror to viewers, acting almost as a warning, like the memento mori (remember death comes soon enough, and your riches will be worthless when your soul is weighed) of Dutch still life.
Americaness - an American obsession with vanity and cosmetics and the myth of eternal youth portrayed by movie stars. This recurs in her subject matter.
Audrey Flack, Wheel of Fortune, 1977-78.
Typically features imagery that relates specifically to women.
Vanitas reminders of time – watch, calender, hour-glass, candle – contrast with conventional and popular objects of another kind of ‘vanity’ – mirror, jewellery, cosmetics – comment on the human quest for love and beauty.
Text in background decorated by traditional symbol of love (rose) recounts how being made up and told she was pretty brought Marilyn Munroe her first compliments and a sense of being loved. Her lips rouged, Marilyn’s face beams triumphantly from the book.
Association with fruits – opened peach a traditional symbol of female sexuality.