PAINTINGS > Disgracers Series

Female Icarus falls from heaven while reaching for the perfect color, a disgracer for expecting an equal chance with males reaching for color, too.
Disgracer 2 (After Goltzius) Icarus: Women Painters Want Pure Color
Oil on canvas
60" x 34"

Icarus was the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. He attempted to escape from Crete using wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea and drown. My version of Icarus' fall refers to Matisse whose attempt to find pure color and become the greatest artist is considered a proper goal, whereas this is perceived as hubris for women artists -- who are paid about 65% of what male artists receive for their work. Women artists make up 51% of visual artists today with only 5% of art currently on display in US museums being made by women.