Fierce, resolute, intense, all can be used to describe Louise Brooks in Holly Suzanne Rader's creation, Fearless Warrior. Rader put her signature twist on a native American feathered war bonnet using a collection of tissue paper, wallpaper, a textured and metallic paper of all different shapes and sizes to compose the body of feathers. Brooks' paper feathers flow graciously out of the hand placed chrome bead and rhinestone crest of her headdress creating a wonderful sense of rhythm and pattern all the way to the edge of the panel. Her earrings are made entirely of small paper circles which graciously lead the eye towards the beaded neckline of her brightly painted shall. Her bold red lips juxtapose the muted blue and white abstract background of the piece as she fearlessly stares off into the distance.
Signature: Lower right corner
Image rights: Courtesy of Detour Gallery
2016, The Killer Queen, Detour Gallery, Red Bank, NJ
About Holly Suzanne Rader
Referring to her body of work as “graffiti glam,” Holly Suzanne Rader fuses vintage pin-up portraiture with expressive, graffiti-inspired gestures in vibrant, collaged paintings. Her colorful works recall Rosie-the-Riveter style propaganda posters and semi-erotic portraits of the women of Ziegfeld Follies. Rader’s coy subjects—adorned with neon paint swathes, appliqued crowns, and heroic slogans—engage tropes of femininity. They are at once coquettish and powerful, timeless and contemporary, commonplace and grandiose.
American, based in New Jersey