My work engages traditional painting and the stylistic
strategies of contemporary advertising to generate familiar
but incongruous figurative paintings. My work is broadly
inspired by the vanity of portrait painting and similar
methods of external identity construction in the habitual
pursuit of beauty.
Beginning from a reaction to images produced by the media
and fashion industry, I conflate the cultural, commercial and
personal through a process of painting and collaging images.
Influenced by celebrity crisis and obsession, plastic surgery,
and the fashion industry, I paint to convey the anxiety of
continual mediation. Limbs distort, paint melts into skin and
glances confront in discord to suggest different states of
psychic disintegration. Using painterly contradictions
of strength and vulnerability, attraction and repulsion my work
is a depiction of the space between desire and disappointment.
- Theresa Pfarr 2019