. . . You get older. . . You're not looked at. I thought it would be
interesting to try to paint somehow that experience
[of being] really exposed but ... not looked at. . . .
~ Painter Anne Harris
In this short but fascinating talk with Blouin ArtInfo, the artist Anne Harris, who says she "really doesn't know" what she looks like, talks about a recent series of oil paintings in which she seeks to explore what happens to women, emotionally and physically, as they enter middle age. That she calls her work "self-portraits" makes the paintings all the more interesting. Especially evocative for me are the paintings and watercolors Harris labels with the descriptor "Invisible".
This is challenging work, raising numerous questions about our perceptions of beauty, women's roles, others' and our own acceptance or denial of aging's effects on the body and mind, and how life and death maintain an unsettled and unsettling coexistence in our bodies. The portraits, which hide as much as they reveal, invite a deep conversation about what it means to look at ourselves, both to see and not see.
Harris's paintings and a selection of Mylar drawings and pastels most recently appeared in the solo show "Phantasmatical: Self-Portraits" at Alexandre Gallery in New York City.
Selected Images of Artworks in "Phantasmatical"
Artwork Available and Works Exhibited at Alexandre Gallery