Stiletto Heights

I am Jennifer Gordon- a mixed media collage artist and comic writer living in Columbus OH, with my fiance and love- Keith. I specialize in paintings, ACEOS, journals, art boxes and more. I am always available for commissions! Visit my etsy shop at: http://www.stilettoheights.etsy.com

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Masks...Sexy or Scary?


I did this painting the other day, and I have had varying reactions to it...

1- I don't like it, it reminds me of Eyes Wide Shut

2- That is so hot!!!

3- I don't get it...

I personally love it, I love that it is remiscent of Eyes Wide Shut (1 of only 2 good Tom Cruise movies)...I also like that the colors are smokey and warm, like autum, and Halloween.

This piece also reminds me of taking acting classes at the Institute so many years ago, it was fall, and we were doing great Mask work, it reminds me of a time when I loved acting and theatre, before I let it get to me...before all the back-stabbing and bull shit got in the way. When it was just about losing onself in a good way...waht it became was me losing myself, but in a bad way.

It is hard to explain, this painting is a visual poem, it is Oedipus Rex, and Anias Nin, all warpped together, this is who I was and who I was afraid of becoming.

As I type this and babble away, I know I make very little sense sometimes, and this could be one of them.

The day has been long, and filled woth comic books and small talk, my eyes are tired and I look forward to and dread having to stay up late and paint tonight to get ready for the trunk show on Monday.

I am scared of being a failure, and I am scared of being a success, so much like the painting, I will put on a mask, and see what happens next.

The piece is called "This is Our Secret" and it is available in my etsy shop.

4 Comments:

Blogger B. Franklin Jackson said...

Jenn-

1. Eyes wide shut almost makes me forget about scientology.

2. The masks made eyes wide shut sexier.

3. The masks would make anyone in the real world look creepy, and your piece is a great hybrid of both.

4. Today was the first time I have really poked about your art.

5. Aaron was 100% right about you.

9:41 PM  
Blogger stilettoheights said...

Mr Jackson - your comment made me blush, thank you for the compliment.

I concur with your observations of Eyes Wide Shut...that movie, gives me shivers in every way...lol.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

I was 100% right about what? The melodrama?

Also: masks can be scary AND sexy. They often go hand in hand. But it depends on the mask, too: Eyes Wide Shut masks, yes; rubber Homer Simpson masks, not so much.

7:59 AM  
Blogger stilettoheights said...

lol W. Aaron...Homer Simpson masks are scary...

also, Can't believe you just called me Melodramatic on my own blog!!!!

11:48 AM  

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