Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
The concept for this piece developed from a recent conversation with a gallery owner in regards to creating works that would appeal to men versus those works that may appeal to women. In thinking about how different works appeal to different genders, I began to think about how both men and women are represented in contemporary work and how this may reflect how we view the different aspects or characteristics of gender today.
Traditionally, some would state that traits cited as feminine include gentleness, empathy, and sensitivity. Now while you may see some of those traits echoed in the vintage illustrations which populate the corners of my composition---I wanted the central arena to focus on a more robust, complex, and dimensional representation of a the feminine (with an image that was to be more than just an expression of the female figure—something more than the reclining nude.)
I made an effort to create an image that reflected the complexity of what I view as inherent to the feminine. I wanted to communicate ideas of strength, independence, confidence, intelligence (creativity), playfulness, tenacity and sensuality. With a number of symbolic compositional elements that have become part of my own visual vocabulary---it will be up to the viewer to decide if I have been successful. I do hope you enjoy an immersive investigation into the work
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City