Vanity/Longing (Narcissus), 2015 Oil on canvas, 16 x 20″
Oh Susanna, 2014 Oil on canvas, 16 x 20″
Helen & Paris, 2015 Oil on panel, 30 x 40″
Before The Fall, 2014 Oil on canvas, 16 x 20″
Mastering the genre of narrative, or history, painting was once considered the culmination of an academic painter’s training. Paintings that portrayed a moment in myth, allegory, religion or history convey much about the beliefs that bound people together at a given time. Many of those narratives are still relevant. “Myths & Legends” reinterprets the stories that have figured prominently throughout the history of art. Rather than human figures, however, mannequins—the artist’s articulated doll-like helpmates—are the agents of action. These “faceless” beings suggest the universality of the stories, while commenting on the illusion inherent in all figure painting.