John Berger states in Ways of Seeing that “To be born a woman has been to be born, within an allotted and confined space, into the keeping of men...from earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually.” I paint the female body confined within the space of a stretched canvas. The figures act as stand-ins for thoughts, expressions, feelings, as they squirm within psychological boundaries of the frame. Writhing together, I impose new figures and gestures on top of the original compositions. These new figures act as obstructions that I must reconcile in some way. Through the manipulation of flesh in oils, I exorcise past traumas. The process of making the work is a spiritual dance with my unconscious, and the resulting figures are immortalized in a painted limbo.

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Contact: art.emilymiller@gmail.com

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