EXERCISE PROJECT (2011-2012)
In this project I painted women in states of exertion and fatigue after or during exercise. The works address ideas of beauty, power, self-image and our culture of fitness.
The everpresent feeling that we should be exercising more is a common feeling in a lot of women - this nagging sense that we should be working out instead of eating that other slice of pizza. The act of working out for women can point to both an insecurity and need to meet some ideal standard, but can also emphasize power and physical strength that is usally attributed to men and masculnity. By making these paintings, I wanted to explore how to represent women in this particular state that is both ubiquitous and yet rarely depicted honestly.
The project was funded by the Puffin Foundation and The City of Chicago's artist grant program.