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Pacific Palisades, California, USA
“Carnival” represents the position of women in history and today; they have not been treated kindly. The beautiful yet cumbersome headdress represents the feminine side of the female while simultaneously carrying the burden for women to put on their best “selves” at all costs. Yes, the headdress is beautiful but it is too heavy for the woman, most notably because she is pregnant.
The reality, however, is that the beautiful adornment does not represent the true beauty of the woman as it is not outwardly revealed. Looking deeper, her hands tell the story of a very different life, the hidden one, the hidden layer. This is represented through the use of layers of paint . The woman’s real life is much more powerful than the headdress but is not given the opportunity to be exposed. Carnival represents this stand with an awkward moment caught.
“This artwork is a combination of paints on wood and the application of several layers of canvas from three other paintings of mine that have been cut, thus making it a collage. This “desicration” of other paintings supports the theme of sacrifice which “Carnival” represents.”