In “TEN”, named to celebrate my tenth exhibition with SOMA Gallery, I dig into figurative realism -- producing modern interpretations of classical themes, focusing on the female form. With this new body of work, rendered in the traditionalist style, the classic execution and enigmatic overtones create a compelling, alluring oeuvre.
A female body surrounded by the ocean helms each piece. Adorned by the presence of looming, lurking creatures that inhabit the deep, a coastal landscape provides an environment where the work connotes the offset of reality by the quirky improbabilities brought to life through precise realism. By utilizing friends as models, the pieces exude an undercurrent of innocence. Call it an uncanny engagement with a highly personal moment, captured in oil.
TEN” is an amalgamation of personal inspirations brought forth from the sea-- fusing classical subjects such as nymphs, water bearers and odalisques, mashed up with modern couture, attitude and wonderment. Riffing on iconic pieces such as “Le Grande Odalisque” by Ingres, “The Dolphin” portrays a lone woman directly engaged with the viewer; reclined and perhaps awaiting her lover, all the while set in an environment illuminated by an articulated dolphin skeleton hanging behind her. In “Float”, inspired by Bouguereau’s “Evening Mood,” a woman suspended in swaths of white fabric levitates above the sea while the moon emerges in the sky above her, representing the allegorical transition from day to night.
Drawing on my deep relationship with the sea allied to a profound infatuation with the perfection of the female form, this new body of work is rife with the symbolic accord of woman and nature.