Portfolio > Wounded Warriors 1990 - 1994

Wounded Warrior #1
oil on linen
120" x 92" (304 x 233 cm)
1992
Wounded Warrior #2
oil on linen
112# x 92" (284 x 233 cm)
1993
V#1
oil on linen
92 " x 159" (234 x 404 cm)
1993

Having just finished my MFA, I decided that I had to either quit painting or learn how to paint all over again. I was teaching in an art school, trying to figure out why people were so insistent on painting from the nude model. This work was an attempt to take apart historical notions of the female nude and its opposite, the armored warrior.

As a newly minted Lacanian feminist, I hoped that I was reclaiming both subject positions; on one hand I was trying to invest the female nude with erotic potential that might be more complex, and on the other I was trying to inhabit the role of the male protagonist.