Milanesco – G.Wearing in progress

This work began in 1988, as a painting of statuary off the Duomo of Milan.

For many years I looked at architecture as stereotypical of a ‘masculine’ principle. However, very often I ‘feminised’ forms by painting them with lush, organic gestural marks. The work on the left is a heroic figure with hands held over the head in an act of protection or supplication. The hands became simplified and heads more mask like as the work progressed. I elongated the figures and extended the legs removing to top torso. All specific gender indicators are removed and more emphasis placed on the colour.

 

Oil on canvas. 130x195cm
Milanesco. 1988. Oil on canvas. 130x195cm
Milanesco - G. Wearing in progress. 2016. Oil on canvas. 130x195cm
Milanesco – G. Wearing in progress. 2016. Oil on canvas. 130x195cm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.