Artist: Siusan Patterson


Bio: Taking inspiration from Renaissance paintings, my work engages with the historical tropes of classical female forms found in these paintings and seeks to revise these conventions. Classical paintings of the female form are typically by the male gaze for the male gaze. My paintings attempt to reclaim the female body image by depicting it through a different lens.

Exploring the boundaries in figurative painting and employing a bold colourful language with simplified forms, I wish to peruse the iconography of the female body in contemporary culture through constructing non-conforming, autonomous and visible female bodies. The implied narrative in my paintings signifies the right of women, to present themselves without fearing criticism. In a society obsessed with body image and youthfulness, my work reflects on the reaction of some women confronted by the unrealistic and somewhat unattainable expectations placed on them, to reclaim and celebrate more realistic representations of women.

Dimensions: 34 x 42 x 3.5 cm


Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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