Artist Crush: Kelly Reemtsen
Kelly Reemtsen first came onto our radar ten years ago at The Armory NY. The juxtaposition of classic retro fashion and modern weapons is unforgettable. Reemtsen creates headless portraits so that "the female viewer is better able to see herself in the painting." Her goal is to showcase women as they undertake traditionally masculine and sometimes menacing tasks.
These elaborate depictions of the modern day woman are painted in thick impasto. The artwork was inspired by a survey from 1950s Better Homes & Gardens which asked "Should women be able to water the lawn?" In a recent interview, Reemtsen elaborated...
"The survey asked, ‘Should women be able to water the lawn?’ Most of the men said no and all the women said yes. I just thought the idea of, ‘Should a woman be able to water the lawn?’ was such a funny story or theme and it made me laugh so I started thinking: Should a woman be able to cut down a tree? Should a woman be able to trim the hedges? Should a woman be able to - whatever?"