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Karen Myers
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

I am investigating the psychological complexity of women through intimate observations in the bedroom. The paintings are intricately painted, decorative interiors that are invented to titillate the viewer and create tension between the allure of the model and her mood.

The women in my paintings are women I know personally, and I strive to represent some part of their temperament. They are strong, beautiful, independent and complex.

My bedroom, and more specifically my bed, has always been an important physical and psychological space for me. It's interesting to note that the women in my paintings are not in their own bedrooms, but are actually posed in my bed. The rooms in my paintings do not exist but are fantasies of rooms that function as metaphors for an interior life. I design compositions by collaging different source materials together to create many combinations of bedrooms that hold objects that are significant to me or are part of a larger narrative.

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