Bodies are, literally, our selves. Bodies are also our most used and useful metaphors, in all kinds of communication. The body is both the ultimate in the concrete description of human experience and also the most basic ground for projection or interpretation. Colette Standish and Jos Truitt both begin and end their work with bodies that are anything but static as their figures confront varied meanings as well as the full weight of being.
Colette Standish works liquids on surfaces so scrumptiously and aggressively that there is little doubt about her erotic intent or inspiration. The shifted and shifting focus evident in her washes and mark making are the constant movement of a lover’s eye and hand. Exaggeration and dizzying angles on the page are clearly tethered to a delight in the senses and a vindication of curvaceous forms.
Extrapolating from the gory Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” Jos Truitt interrogates moments of variable transformations. Truitt’s recent series focuses on issues of mislocation and body modification integral to this story. In Truitt’s tactile mixed media works, legs and fishtails are severed, stitched and bound. Dripping blood and oozing plasma onto flesh, scales and fingerprints, the tails dance across the borders of life and death, human and animal, subject and object.
Colette Standish is an English painter and photographer. Colette graduated from St Martin’s School of Art, London, and has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and America. Her achievements include: Jessop’s Photography Prize in London, 2000 and fellowship awards in New Mexico, Italy, and Spain. Her work is in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe and the Anais Nin Foundation Art collection. Colette published her first art and poetry book in 2010, Viaggio: A journey through life’. Other publications include: A Cafe in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal Volume 8, 2011 and Volume 9, 2012, Sky Blue Press. Colette’s new paintings are based on an on going project ‘Abstracting the Figure’.
Jos Truitt received her BA from Hampshire College with a thesis in Printmaking in 2009 and is currently pursuing an MFA in Printmaking and an MA in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute. Truitt is a visual artist as well as editor at the popular blog feministing.com. Truitt has worked in the reproductive health, rights and justice movements in Washington, DC, spoken and at numerous national conferences and college campuses about transgender issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing.
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