COLLEEN KIELY

Women on the Verge
Saying we live in fraught times is an understatement. Women are increasingly visible in the public sphere yet are met with countervailing forces.
      
These are fictional portraits, collectively titled Women on the Verge. The title references Pedro Almodovar's 1988 film, and the director's exploration of identity and striking use of color. Initially looking back to art history for women who worked as models for iconic painters, but remained unknown themselves, the portraits are now based on imagination and invention.
 
I seek to animate these women, giving them agency and placing them squarely in the present to face the world.