Servane Mary’s work investigates female stereotypes by reappropriating archival images and portraits of women taken between the forties and seventies. Untitled (Two Women) marks the artist’s first foray into sculpture. It was shown as part of an extensive, research-based series in the 2015 solo exhibition “American Cowgirls of the American 1940s” at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles. Mary has also exhibited extensively in her native Paris, and is represented by Triple V Gallery, Paris.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles
About Servane Mary
Servane Mary’s works in multiple mediums investigate the ways that women are represented, and how these images and feminine associations are employed in contemporary society, also touching on psychological and emotional exchanges. Mary’s images draw from contemporary advertising, the Internet, magazines, iconic female figures, and celebrity culture, though her sources are not immediately apparent in her works. Her paintings are built up through brushy layers of oil and tempera paint, such that the images sometimes appear indistinct. She also makes sculptural objects using women’s garments or sewing, and has developed her own photographic printing process with purposely misaligned or imprecise techniques.
French, b. 1972