Lizz Fonacier
"Paintings Gallery"
2013
digital image
Woman in de Kooning's series represents the muse, the idol, and the goddess. Picasso, Ingres, Rubens, Rembrandt, and may great artist's carriers have been highlighted by their compelling representations of the female form. De Kooning used this history as grounds for his own experimentation with paint and abstraction, simultaneously expanding the history of woman as subject. My work lays bare both the weight of this history as a post-modern artist, and my feminine perspective of the masculine relationship to woman through art.

An influential piece to generations of artist, "Woman I" exhibits mesmerizing brush strokes unique to the capacity of oil paint. De Kooning was extraordinarily skilled in mixing oil paint with other media, and facilitating processes such as emulsion to enable his investigation of abstraction. Paintings in my series are enlarged micro compositions within the larger macro composition, Woman. Differing from de Kooning's painting process, my work facilitates the old master techniques of glazing. The resulting image gives rise to the illusion of brush stroke and thickness of paint.
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