Rosemary Meza-DesPlas: The figure is used as a vehicle to discuss gender issues. I explore issues of disparity between the sexes within the context of dissonant relationships. The disengagement between the figures reflects the effects of modern methods of communication which virtually eliminate the need for human contact. I consider a by-product of technology to be isolationism and impassiveness.
I employ the figure as a means of conveying my views regarding gender issues because I enjoy the complexity of the human form. Its complexity, both formally and contextually, has been an ongoing source of exploration and discovery for me. Figures are distorted and manipulated with transparent colors and obsessive line work; the viewer is attracted yet repulsed. There is a grotesque beauty in the obsessive detail examination of pockets of flesh on a belly, a thigh, a breast…
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Left to Right: Title: Hustle and Cuss. Date: 2010. Materials: Watercolor on Handmade Mexican Paper. Dimensions: 44 x 51 inches. Picture Credit: Harrison Evans. (Feature artwork) Title: 44. Date: 2010. Format/Materials: Watercolor on Handmade Mexican Paper. Dimensions: 44 x 51 inches. Picture Credit: Harrison Evans.