The drinkers//the suckers (reforming bad boys), 2019
Oil on canvas, 60" x 72"
making room for my daughters, 2019
Oil on canvas, 10" x 8"
“The drinkers//the suckers (reforming bad boys) samples directly from Velazquez’s The Triumph of Bacchus (the Drinkers) as well as referencing / combining pornographic images from the internet. My painting examines ideas of masculinity and eroticism through a feminist gaze and culminates in a seeming execution (playing on the idea of ‘giving head’) — a reformation of old ideals.”
“Making room for my daughters is a readdress of Ruben’s The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, reexamining that historic painting in a present-day context by inserting feminist tones and renegotiating that iconic narrative into a modern heroic endeavour to save (carry off) future generations. My work deflates the canonical meaning, turns its form to wreck, and asks new meaning from old myth.”