Twisted Myths

Twisted Myths is a series of paintings that critique and re-imagine historical themes and motifs. With bold colors and juicy paint, the work evokes the zeitgeist of today, expressing the contemporary anxiety, millennial burnout, personal angst, and general #mood of our distorted reality. Each painting plays with distortion, twists the myths that we hold as tradition, and deconstructs the stories we tell as truths. Whether revisiting Eve as the original censored woman, or simply painting a belly and memorializing the expansive flesh that we are taught to hide, Twisted Myths is a means of catharsis – a way to reclaim and recontextualize what we think we know.

Pressure Points

The portrait paintings in my series, Pressure Points, question the influence of cultural pressures on the construction of identity.

 

Through a process I created, I use numerical statistics from issues dealing with gender, class, and race as the coordinates for points on a gridded panel or canvas. I then transform pictures of individuals, forcing them to conform to the statistical points on the grid. In this way, the distorted potraits express the ways in which individuals are simultaneously created by and percieved through sets of cultural norms.

 

 

 

Landscapes

© Copyright 2012 by Erika Clugston

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RuPaul: Queen of Queens

oil on linen, 30" x 28", 2014 Uses statistics regarding drag and gender.