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Artist Amy Fix
Statesboro, Georgia, USA
Black: Let’s Play the Game
Through portraiture, this series of large paintings, Skin Deep: The Elusive Aphrodite, addresses the prominence of female beauty in the lives of individual women through scale and rich surfaces that utilize the power of mark and symbol to address the detrimental effects of this pursuit of beauty
The paintings are informed by Interviews with women from a specific demographic regarding their notion of beauty, who modeled in Venus or Aphrodite inspired poses. While Aphrodite once represented the ideal form, being an ancient goddess of love and beauty, contemporary society has discarded that model for an often-unobtainable archetype.
“Black: Let’s Play the Game” is titled after parts of our interview. “Black,” refers to the model’s use of black clothing to slim, hide, or obscure her body. The second part of the title, “Let’s Play the Game,” is pulled from a direct quote, where the model stated, “I hate looking at photographs of me, because, it’s like, let’s play the game. Let’s count how many chins I have.”
Cool colors are used to convey the disappointment and disconnect the model feels with her body. Warm colors occur at her legs, the one physical attribute she identified as satisfactory, and are repeated throughout the azalea pattern behind her. The pose, which mimics Venus of Willendorf, and the pattern are symbols for love and fertility; the model largely feels the absence of both
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