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Oil, paint pen, oil stick on canvas
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Collection
Gift of Thomas Wong
A painting of a large human figure dressed in rumpled green and blue clothing. The figure’s face is coated with a dripping yellow substance and they hold an unidentifiable yellow object in their dark pink right hand. The figure’s gaze points off the side of the canvas to their right.
Many of Wendy Kveck’s paintings are developed from photographs of her live performance pieces. Munch had its genesis in a 2014 performance that took place at VAST space projects, a now-closed gallery in Henderson, NV, during a pop-up manifestation of the interstate curatorial project, MAS Attack. The performance, Undone, was, in turn, inspired by images from the artist’s Hybrid Princess series, a suite of drawings derived from found digital photographs of drunk college-aged women at parties. (Vulnerability, consumption, women, and chaos, have been recurring themes throughout Kveck’s oeuvre.) Beginning with a blind contour drawing of the subject, she has created an energetic surface that highlights the dripping, smearing materiality of the paint and the contrasting scribble of the oil stick. (DKS)