New Work From My Residency

I had a couple of goals when I came here. First, I wanted to complete detailed paintings of princess dolls in a manner recalling 17th-century Flemish portraiture. For me, the unusual pose of the portraits, featuring dolls facing away from the viewer, suggest ambiguity about the lives of girls – individual and collective – for whom the dolls serve as stand-ins. I intend to make … Continue reading New Work From My Residency

Princess Nation

She is hopping On one bare foot Spongy grass gives underneath   She is   Drinking water from the hose Sidelong watching rainbows form   Forgetting she is a girl   Staring not through the window Observing dust motes floating   Gazing out at the rain Over her desk          her cash register          her espresso machine   Anxious about the plans Bored with the … Continue reading Princess Nation

Princess with Shells

I have a growing obsession with princesses and I am not alone in this. The affect of the Disney princess phenomenon so disturbs author Peggy Orenstein that she wrote a book called Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. Orenstein believes that the princesses essentially form a marketing scheme that ensnares young girls into a lifetime struggle with poor … Continue reading Princess with Shells