Sylvia Sleigh, Annunciation: Paul Rosano, 1975, Oil on canvas, 90 x 52 inches I was first introduced to Sylvia Sleigh’s work during an art fair. Her painting, Annunciation, of a doe-eyed male figur…
Check out this piece I wrote for Painters on Painting about Sylvia Sleigh.
Melanie Bonajo: My main inspiration comes from looking at the world through the eyes of a potted plant. I’m trying to prove that plants are a smarter and higher evolved species then humans. Culture is a tool belonging to nature that people can use. It also means you’re captured in a worldview in which you do not take responsibility for only one thing, but you’re responsible and in continuous connection to everything. I guess I draw inspiration from what society prefers to hide: the alienating force of our self-imposed institutions, the way we treat animals, our proclivity for sadness, depression and shame, sexuality and most importantly, our complex and troubled relationship to technological objects and the natural world that surrounds us. Nobody can claim the truth.
Rajmund Kanelba ( Polish painter, 1897- 1960)/ “Dziewczynka, po 1940 r.” (Girl)
I do think I’m good at what I do and I’m not afraid to say so and own that. And that’s actually really rare. I think a lot of people have never encountered a relatively youngish woman who is sure of herself, fairly fearless, and likes herself just as a human being. And that can be really terrifying for middle-aged men that have some kind of artistic dream they never fulfilled ‘cause it’s like I’m taking up this space in the culture that they think they should be occupying. And it’s also terrifying for people of any gender, of any age who aren’t really sure of themselves, aren’t really fearless, and don’t really know what they want out of life or don’t particularly like themselves.
So that’s who doesn’t like me.