This drawing was the subject of discussion in yesterday’s group crit. There were questions about the colour of the back ground, the meditative pose, another mention of George Condo, the absence of a seat, and so on. The back ground color serves well as a flesh tone for a self portraiture. I had been speculating over the urge to draw huge, disproportionate female figures. The image reference being me, my discontent with my body muddled with my voracious ‘hunger’ for food and/or things/performance, led me to believe them to be self portraits. I have come to a conclusion that self portraits these might be but of society, of ‘us’ than just ‘me’.
Issues were raised about how these painting seem to be voicing body issues of a ‘woman’ artist, and much as I protest, thinking about yesterday’s discussion has struck a cord. There were suggestions about how to avoid such speculations. Some of them being, not to draw ‘frightening’ nipples, add a male element, remove the sex, perhaps only paint the stomach?
The possibilities are many, but what is important is to reflect on how to make these drawings convey ‘excess’, ‘consumerist culture’. There was a suggestion about ‘carnivalesque’, an idea worth exploring.