Sunday, May 26, 2013

Portrait of Madame V (drawing in progress)

This is a Portrait of Madame V, a drawing in progress. It is approximately 5 to 6 feet in height (I have to stand on a stepping stool to draw in the upper areas. Once finished this will be a preliminary drawing for a large scale painting of the same title. Myself and Sargent's Madame X are the models. Instead of resting her hand on a table, Madame V will be holding a vacuum cleaner, more specifically a pink Hello Kitty vacuum cleaner, however in the drawing you will not be able to tell it is pink. As with my other residency paintings this too is working under or within the concept of the "weight of femininity", a commentary on among other things the expectations of women. For those of you who know art history, it also displays a bit of humor as well as irony.

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