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Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Petrified Forest
Detail of Petrified Forest
Look at the size of that rock
Alpha Beta Peel
Aspen
Phoenix
Saguaro National Park
Glitter Tree
Warm Seafoam Wrap
A Cold Wind
Still Life with Butter
It's a Bird
The Grand Odalisque
Still Life with Fruit
Birth of Venus
Sleeping Beauty
Still Life with Pudding
Standing Nude
Butterface
Royal Jelly
Pink Bath
Cosmo Girl
Silver Bath
Manscape
The Parlor Room

My work is concerned with societal visualizations of gender roles and whether our preconceived notions of beauty come from biological sources or are fashioned through ever changing cultural expectations. 

 

Many of my works question this very paradox. Are we influenced through advertising, or is it our innate human nature that forms the violent, sexual, and even humorous imagery that floods our media? Choosing imagery and materials based on color alone, I allow the imagery to be from a wide and varied cross-section of photographic and contemporary media. Materials come from a variety of sources: Teen Vogue, the New Yorker, Better Homes and Gardens, the Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, historical painting, and craft materials. The combination allows for landscapes and figures of unknown gender and physical characteristics to take shape, born out of chaos. Is this a constructed beast or is it built out of natural human desires?

 

Having constant exposure to sexualized images of skin and the body, the body has become a commodity in Western culture. Finding humor in the absurdity of the obsession of appearance, I am overemphasizing the sensuality, creating scenes that are both beautiful and ridiculous. My work asks the question: Where do beauty, eroticism, repulsion and the absurd connect?

PAINTING

© 2015 Bonnie Stipe
 

Wash

Oil and Mixed Media on Panel 24" x 18" 2014