Stories

Joyce Polance

United States

  • City, State: Chicago, IL
  • Geographic Location: North America
  • Age: 49


Submissions

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:18 PM

Using myself, friends and family as the subjects, I explore intimate themes with my art. My canvases are large--often six feet tall--and the figures are usually nude. While I am generally inspired by issues I have dealt with in my own life, the women in my paintings, whatever their age, are meant to be metaphors for issues faced by all women. My current series of paintings is about women's personal transformations and healing. I depict subjects who are in various states of emergence from patterns that have had a negative impact on their lives. My intent is to convey them breaking out of limitations and embracing awareness, strength and freedom.

Both the large size of the women and the thick, layered application of paint are meant to create an arresting visual presence echoing the internal strength of the figures. I paint the women naked to suggest their willingness to change and be vulnerable, while simultaneously embracing their sexuality and bodies. The women take ownership of both their femininity and their power. My objective is to challenge the viewers to question their own assumptions about strength and beauty.

Club
48x60in oil on canvas

Friday, July 11, 2008 12:00 AM

My art explores intimate themes using myself, friends and family as the subjects. My current series of paintings is about women's personal transformations and healing. I depict subjects who are in various states of emergence from patterns that have had a negative impact on their lives. My intent is to convey them breaking out of limitations and embracing awareness, strength and freedom.


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