Dressing Table Paintings

The Dressing Table Paintings use the device of the self-portrait as First Lady to examine the mature, nude female figure, often in multiples, in a boudoir setting.  The works may include art historical and current event references, and as with all my self-portraits, these are painted from life -- I use photos only for details such as First Lady hair styles. Thus, the paintings are fundamentally performative.  White House Negligee, an exhibition of the work at the Fridge in DC, included the dressing table that inspired the series, along with the props I used.

Curious about The Dressing Table Paintings?  You might enjoy David Trotter's take on the toilette in both painting and literature. Modernist Toilette:  Degas, Woolf, Lawrence.