Float, 2020


oil on linen

30.00 x 40.00 in

76.2 x 101.6 cm

Unique Work

This work is signed on verso

PRICE: $3,600

    About The Work

    This painting is featured in Tight Fit, a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Emily Roz. These new works are based on close observation of the female body, yet are abstracted through the use of color and pattern. Roz fuses the stripes and polka dots of undergarments into her backgrounds in order to accentuate bodily forms squished into ill-fitting underwear. The compact poses present figures with their heads cropped by the canvases' edges, while torsos and appendages are accentuated through the use of reflected color from the intense chroma-rich backgrounds.   

    Emily Roz utilizes op-art techniques of merged patterns, overlapping planes, and receding grounds to create optical illusions that distort space and bodily relationships. The artist uses herself as a model, but the paintings are not exactly self-portraits; she self-objectifies by omitting key identifiers. With reference to works such as Joan Semmel’s personal perspective nudes, Christina Ramberg’s headless figures, and Maria Lassnig’s body consciousness pictures, Emily Roz’s contemporary feminist paintings use bold optics, dry humor, and costume malfunctions to respond to the enduring plight of the female form.

    Courtesy of Front Room Gallery


    About Emily Roz

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