In these canvas and panel works Maxwell explores the ideals that Western culture imposes on the female figure. Food issues are acutely imparted in the choice of antique produce crate labels as collage material. It’s a cunning play on the common practice of objectifying body parts as selections from the grocer. The artist reminds us that beauty is not uniform, allure can be found in otherwise castaway material.
The textured surfaces are built up with layers of beeswax and methodically deconstructed with rigorous sanding and peeling. The figure ground reversals that take place in the compositions reflect personal translations of societal pressures.
1-31 March 2009
Caldwell Snyder Gallery