13 in x 6.5 in / 33cm x 17cm
Photo-silkscreen on glass, resin frame
Elizabeth Peyton, born in 1965 finds the material for her works both in the widespread 'public' images she borrows from books, magazines, record covers, or music video stills and in the 'private' photographs she takes herself. Both historical figures and living persons appear in Peyton's work as fragile, androgynous beings with light eyes and scarlet-red lips. Peyton expresses her own artistic identity by collecting people through her paintings. She sidesteps the sensationalism surrounding the famous in order to respond to details of their personal history, extending to them the tenderness with which she paints those close to her and creating portraits that are devoid of the voyeurism. The paintings cut through popular culture to deliver a shared common experience. Throughout her work, delight and sorrow are sifted to purposefully avoid irony.
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