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Kelly Reemtsen

American, b. 1967

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Kelly Reemtsen

American, b. 1967

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Kelly Reemtsen’s candy-colored paintings of women have dark undertones, exploring the paradoxical status of being female in a “post-feminist” contemporary society. Reemtsen’s iconic motif is a woman in a festive cocktail dress, sporting an object that is at odds with her leisurely costume, like carpentry equipment or power tools. Her other subjects have included women in mid-fall, or what Reemtsen describes as “falling out of love and/or falling short of expectations.” The characters in her paintings rarely reveal their heads or faces, which are either obscured or cropped out entirely. Recurring motifs in her works have included cotton candy—a reference to Wayne Thiebaud—iridescent bubbles, and gem-like pills, rendered with multi-colored contour lines.

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Kelly Reemtsen’s candy-colored paintings of women have dark undertones, exploring the paradoxical status of being female in a “post-feminist” contemporary society. Reemtsen’s iconic motif is a woman in a festive cocktail dress, sporting an object that is at odds with her leisurely costume, like carpentry equipment or power tools. Her other subjects have included women in mid-fall, or what Reemtsen describes as “falling out of love and/or falling short of expectations.” The characters in her paintings rarely reveal their heads or faces, which are either obscured or cropped out entirely. Recurring motifs in her works have included cotton candy—a reference to Wayne Thiebaud—iridescent bubbles, and gem-like pills, rendered with multi-colored contour lines.

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Chainsaws, Cocktail Dresses, and Prozac Pills: A Painter and Sculptor Subverts Consumer Symbols
Jul 23rd, 2014
Chainsaws, Cocktail Dresses, and Prozac Pills: A Painter and Sculptor Subverts Consumer Symbols
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