In Women of Absurdia, Vicki Khuzami presents paintings of scenes within imaginary suburban homes by the use of vintage dollhouses in her most recent series, Telenovelas Suburbia. A lifelong collector of pop culture commodities, Khuzami’s work is inspired by vintage kitsch, which includes anime dolls, action figures, dollhouses, and bodybuilding magazines. She arranges pulp fiction inspired scenes within vintage dollhouses. Inspired by film noir, and the works of David Lynch, Wes Anderson, and Todd Solondz, she stages, lights, and photographs her cast of characters within vintage dollhouse sets. Next she distorts the colors by computer and manipulates them one final time on canvas. Khuzami states, “What excites me is exploring socio-psychological taboos, societal foibles and machinations from a voyeuristic perspective by use of the dollhouses.”
In Women of Absurdia Daena Title presents vibrant paintings from her current series Is This A Dagger?, which focuses on pageant contestants and the competitions that offer empowerment, but simultaneously, exploitation. The series title references Macbeth’s famous soliloquy “Is this a dagger I see before me?”. Like Macbeth, who, about to murder his way to power, finds himself haunted by the means he must use to acquire it, Title questions the means women use to achieve their power. These paintings speak to that on-going internal debate. Title’s works focus on the powerfully seductive force of modern female icons and the line between beauty and distortion. Her colorist, expressionist paintings reflect the on going love/hate relationship between women, societal standards, and self-esteem.