Deedee Cheriel has a new body of work opening up at Merry Karnowsky's KP Projects this Saturday, August 1, featuring work that "mixes ancient legend with modern life, predator with prey, east with west, and man with beast - weaving an appropriately complex tapestry of the societal fusion that defines our contemporary world." 

We asked Deedee recently about the presence of animals in her work, which she told us, "When I was much younger, I traveled to Santiago, Chile. I was reading a bunch of Latin American writers at the time, some of the magical-realism in the literature affected my painting. The first girl with a bird head I painted was a cartoonish portrait of this girlfriend of the guitarist in my band. I was living there hanging out with other bohemian-artist types painting and playing music. My band mate lived on the twenty-first floor of this building with his girlfriend. We would sit around and drink wine, and his skinny, model girlfriend would wander around the apartment talking in a little high-pitched voice. She was like this little beautiful bird with long legs wearing ballet slippers in a cement cube cage, living up above the clouds of exhaust and the hum of city. "

Deedee Cheriel // Natural Resource
August 1-29, 2015
KP Projects // 170 S. La Brea Ave // Los Angeles