About NUDES

An Artist Statement

This body of work is actually from 2000 – 2005 and, despite their sunny appearance, they arose from a dark place. In 1996 or so I was beset with a sudden worsening of what had been a manageable mental illness, into a much more serious one (which continues). I was broken by self-doubt and disgusted by everything I had so far produced. I believed I did not know how to paint, so I stopped. For a year I worked on some interesting design projects, but I was miserable. Finally, in what I considered a blind, last-ditch effort, I picked up brushes again. I worked on one painting for two years, which ultimately failed. 

Sunbather (2002-2003) Oil on Canvas

I tried again. I decided I would attempt to teach myself how to paint all over. The nude is the foundation of art training and I felt comfortable with it. The figure has always been the subject of my work. I’ve often depicted nudity, but until then always at the service of a narrative — and never as a study in itself. I challenged myself to paint the figure in a much more realistic style than I was used to, trying to sharpen whatever tools I might possess. Under the circumstances live models were out of the question, and anyway, I wanted to avoid the straight-forward “reclining nude” sort of pictures — the nude for nude sake, so to speak. Instead I found subjects in a practice I’d used in my graphic work, the appropriation of vintage cheesecake, beefcake, and nudist photography. There I could find nudes posing, their anatomy clear, their sexuality present but non-pornographic, naughty but not without a kind of innocence. (As far as I’m aware the sunlit settings were accidental, dictated more by the source images than any conscious effort to cheer myself). 

Sunbather (Drawing) (2000) Pencil on Paper
Sunbather (Color Study) (2001) Oil on Masonite

Naturally, these paintings are about much more than how-to-paint exercises. I’m not one to plumb the depths of meaning in my work, I tend to let meaning happen by itself. But I can discuss purpose. 

A tension was intended to comment on unhealthy modern mores. The austere purity and beauty we celebrate with the classical nude in art are at odds with the modern American attitude of nakedness which is most often shameful, dirty, or fodder for masturbation.  I strove for a friction between the refinement of classical nudes suggested in the poses of the figures and the academic application of paint, including color glazes—and the sexual nature of the figures, their once illicit, salacious nature dimmed by today’s standards, but still undeniably felt.

Eventually I abandoned the paintings when another long-term project caught my full attention, leaving two canvases slightly unfinished and future planned works abandoned. The paintings leaned against the wall of my studio for fifteen years, face out, constant companions, very dusty, never meant to be shown, seen only by friends. I let them out now. 

—M.G. 

March 27, 2019 

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My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique usually reserved for rendering form and depth I have created an abstract flat image more akin to topography verging on minimalism. The linear hatch marks are made on a matte gradiated background which focuses the viewer on the duality of surface and color. These works are a meditation on labor and time: of coming together and the borders that separate us. The marks are not only creating an aesthetic pattern they are literally the marking of art, and the work that has gone into the piece.
Brian Palmieri

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching,…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique…

Bouton creates unique engravings and etchings as well as installations, paper clothing, collages, and artist books. Color and textiles have been influential on Bouton’s work as they bear witness to the passage of time and lives lived. Echoing the actions of day-to-day life imprinted on textiles worn, Bouton’s prints yield a distressed, layered, and complex visual language. Creating her own singular and unique approach to engraving and etching, her work is monochromatic, but weaves in a palette of color not achievable through other means. With this singular technique, the work maintains her artistic voice while integrating all the stories, landscapes, and buildings of her ever-changing environment.
Agathe Bouton

Bouton creates unique engravings and etchings as well as installations, paper clothing, collages, and artist books. Color…

Bouton creates unique engravings and etchings as well as installations, paper clothing, collages, and artist books. Color and textiles have been influential on Bouton’s work as they bear witness to the…

Bouton creates unique engravings and etchings as well as installations, paper clothing, collages, and artist books. Color and textiles have been influential on Bouton’s work as they bear witness to the passage of time and…

An InLiquid member artist with work in painting.
Favi Dubo

An InLiquid member artist with work in painting.…

An InLiquid member artist with work in painting.…

An InLiquid member artist with work in painting.…

Gerry Tuten’s paintings are deep encounters with the natural world. She paints woods, water, and sky with a physical vigor that reflects her spirited engagement with the environment and her urgent pursuit of personal expression.
Gerry Tuten

Gerry Tuten’s paintings are deep encounters with the natural world. She paints woods, water, and sky with a physical vigor…

Gerry Tuten’s paintings are deep encounters with the natural world. She paints woods, water, and sky with a physical vigor that reflects her spirited engagement with the environment and her urgent pursuit…

Gerry Tuten’s paintings are deep encounters with the natural world. She paints woods, water, and sky with a physical vigor that reflects her spirited engagement with the environment and her urgent pursuit of personal expression.…

Jude Lang is an InLiquid artist member, whose work explores the hidden narratives, emotions and perspectives imbued within the objects and beings of our memories.
Jude Lang

Jude Lang is an InLiquid artist member, whose work explores the hidden narratives, emotions and perspectives imbued within…

Jude Lang is an InLiquid artist member, whose work explores the hidden narratives, emotions and perspectives imbued within the objects and beings of our memories. …

Jude Lang is an InLiquid artist member, whose work explores the hidden narratives, emotions and perspectives imbued within the objects and beings of our memories. …

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