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The Male Gaze Print

Karma Kitaj

United States

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My figurative work is informed by the work of my brother artist, RB Kitaj and by Hans Hofmann's student Robert Henry. Salvador Dali and Hyman Bloom's work also inspires my work.The Male Gaze, a term coined by journalist Laura Mulvey in 1973 has come to refer to men objectifying women for their bodies. It’s a more complicated term, but I was reminded of it when the MeToo movement became salient. This picture depicts three female models posing in unusual fashion. The artist is off in the upper left. In upper right is a stereotype of a leering man. I want to inspire questioning about the extent to which this still occurs and the effect on both women and men. How do the models in the picture feel about being drawn, about being leered at? I first sketched live.models in charcoal, then collaged them onto plywood. Then I used hot pigmented wax, called encaustic, an ancient but now popular painting medium for the color.

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:10 W x 10 H x 0.1 D in

Size with Frame:15.25 W x 15.25 H x 1.2 D in

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Making art is an encore career for me. Years ago when I hosted a community access TV show called “Alivelihood:New Adventures As We Age,” I interviewed an artist who had been a German professor. She invited me to her art studio. I loved painting and collaging with her immediately and never stopped painting. Soon I discovered the ancient , now popular medium of encaustic, hot pigmented wax, and was enraptured with the possibilities. I studied with many sterling artists learning to make mono prints and paintings with the wax and a torch to burn each layer to the one beneath. I attended workshops at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown each spring. Next, I added acrylic and mixed media to my repertoire. My most recent paintings are created with oil mixed with cold wax and sometimes a medium to increase flow and transparency. The subject matter that intrigues me lately is painting the abstracted, distorted human figure, often with backgrounds depicting a fantasy room or landscape. My life outside of art encompasses many wonderful things: living in the country in Massachusetts with my husband of 40+ years and 2 adorable rescue dogs from Mexico, dancing Argentinian tango and studying with one of the world's most accomplished teachers, still riding my horse a little bit, wintering in San Miguel de Allende, MX to name a few.

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