Performance Art



I’ve been painting Polarized since February, taking a long time on a large canvas that I could only work on when I wasn’t in Florida…in the winter. When my fourteen year old granddaughter Maddie saw the grisaille FullSizeRender (69)with just the background painted in, she admired the yoga pose…until I pointed to the pole. I’m not sure she approved. Every time I worked on it in Marblehead, at the Acorn Gallery & School of Art, it attracted attention and comments from people passing by—more than any other of the paintings I’ve done there—often by men who signaled thumbs up or wanted to know, “How much?” As it turns out, pole dancing is quite a legitimate form of exercise, practiced by professionals and amateurs alike. There are even pole athletes, both men and women—think Cirque Du Soleil. You can find pole fitness classes all over the country and even attend the annual Pole Expo, in Las Vegas of course.

This beautiful blonde may not be a professional, but she’s got game! And I must admit that I like the suggestive nature of the subject. Just as my whispering paintings are meant to hint at secrets and lies, I would hope that with Polarized the viewer becomes a voyeur, imagining the interaction between her and that pole.

More to come…


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