FROCKS an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Antoinette Hérivel
Meet the artist:
Sunday, April 19 | 1 pm - 3 pm
The dresses and accessories are painted in “life” size dimensions with traditional oil painting methods on canvas. In some paintings, the charcoal drawing that I start with and parts of the under painting are visible.
My models, very old and some not so old, are borrowed, collected family memorabilia or found.
The title for this series”Frocks” is the word for dresses that I remember used more frequently growing up in the UK in the mid 20th century. Does it suggest specific occasion, female icon, or a second skin that emotional significance?
I am fascinated by historical paintings where costume and dress are given equal, if not more attention than the human wearers. The dresses in my work have taken on a personality, partly because I have imagined one for them but also suggesting the absent wearer. As I create the work, I am aware of how women in the broader society are still shrouded by invisibility, especially as they age, hence the absence of figures adds another layer of meaning.
"Primavera in the Forest"
Antoinette Hérivel, "Primavera in the Forest," oil on canvas, 66" x 24”.