I have been loving artist Kelly Reemtsen’s work lately. They are so nostalgic, feminine and kind of violent. As far as pure ascetics go her work is beautiful; with glamorous costumery, purposeful heavy brush strokes and masterful use of color and light. It bears noting that her art is more than what my mom would refer to as “art that matches the sofa.” The women in her painting are generally cropped so the face is not showing creating a sense of anonymity. The subjects are also always dressed to the nines while yielding a prop that feels wildly inappropriate for the outfit.
The paintings seem so superficially pretty and have what could be interpreted as a can do attitude. Or they could be read as packed with negative emotion, whether it is loneliness, desperation, anger or just checked out. If the melancholy overtures aren’t convincing then maybe the names of the paintings will clarify. Whatever you take from her work, you can’t help but love the unexpected juxtapositions she creates.
Clockwise from top left Pardon the Interruption, Divisive, Inconspicuous, The Clean Queen. All images via kellyreemstsen.com