Painting

Rebecca Sutton Paints Women Who Don't Think They're Being Looked At

October 17, 2017

Rebecca Sutton wants to make art about women behaving in an environment where they don’t think they’re being looked at.

Rebecca Sutton is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Of her work she states that “Though the female body is often depicted for its beauty, my interest is in a physical manifestation of the female mind. Through paintings, prints, sculpture, and video, I want to create a space where women are free from the gaze of society. I want to show the wrinkly feet and too-large teeth that make a woman truly real and not an object of pure beauty. I render them realistically but embrace distortion, which portrays them in a way that hints at their emotional state as well as their physical appearance. I want to show them doing things that are not typically considered feminine or rational or responsible.

"In our everyday lives we are plagued by irrational impulses which would remind us we are alive—such as the desire to jump into a fountain of water with all of our clothes on or to throw our lunches at a wall to see what it looks like. The women in these paintings are all following through with those impulses in an alternate reality imagined exclusively for the purpose of consummating their irrational behavior. I am interested in showing real women in a primal state. They have no clothes on, not because they are presenting themselves to be looked at, but because they are not aware of any audience at all. They are consumed by their id. The animals and objects with them serve as a companion to, reaction against, or manifestation of their impulses.” – Rebecca Sutton