Pop Royál is a collection of five paintings representing Kukula’s signature style of popular iconography blended with her flair for the opulent and regal. Kukula’s females frolic and repose amidst arcadian landscapes reminiscent of Rococo artists such as Watteau and Fragonard. Self coined as a Neo-Rococo artist, her work focuses on the historical and resplendent, the luxurious and the contemporary and the surreal and chimeric. Kukula’s heroines confront the viewer with their assertiveness and allure; they celebrate the strength and beauty of womanhood while simultaneously revealing their unique identities through their aristocratic accoutrements. A mastery of color and dedication to the finest detailing, Kukula’s oil paintings are further embraced by her exquisite selection of Rococo style framing.
“The beautiful floral combinations rendered in sixteenth century Dutch Still Life paintings were both scientific studies (collected from “exotic” regions of the world during exploratory expeditions) as well as status symbols of the powerful and affluent. A specific genre of these still life paintings was that of the Vanitas, which contained symbols of death or change as a reminder that all living things succumb to their own mortality. This theme continually inspired introspection for generations. In fact, Sigmund Freud used the human response to transience as the foundation for groundbreaking psychological findings on mourning and melancholia. These works are a paradoxical take on the vanitas. They contain both manmade and natural objects, held in material that would not let either of them decay. Plastic is the defining material of our time.” – Regan Rosburg
“The fairer one in this tale is a bouquet. She a bounty teaming with life. The characteristics of her being are illuminated by her transmutation. She is beauty and mystery, she is innocence and she is cunning, she is devouring and sacrifice, knowledge and curiosity, she is haunting and she is haunted; she is, “Still life with a Pulse”. MY work explores mystery, transformation and the sacred. Existing between a waking and dream state, the archetypal anthropomorphic creatures that are a part of my visual language attempt to illuminate the invisible threads of connection between sentient beings and the environments they inhabit. Depictions of Flora and Fauna integrated with the human and animal characters serve as metaphor for the connections between all living things; Darkness and light are at constant play and I try to maintain a tender balance between the two.” – Jennybird Alcantara