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Painting: Acrylic, Spray Paint, Marker on Paper.
Painted Cat II
30cm x 42cm
Mixed Media Painting on Paper
Kirsty McKenzie’s series ’The Cat Ladies’ looks at the union between the Divine Feminine and the Divine Feline. She explores lesbian themes with relationships versus solidarity; paralleled with the solitary nature of cats. The women and cats bleed and morph into one another, as a result of the partial blind contour drawings. These ‘deformed pin-up girls’ are both sensual and awkward, questioning society’s preconceived notions of beauty. The sensuous nature of the figures defies the archetypal image of a Cat Lady; which usually does not call sensuality to mind. Their awkwardness depicts sexual confusion, and their separate togetherness suggests a disabled intimacy. With these drawings, she uses the technique of blind and partially blind contour drawings, as she is extremely interested in the balance and tension between improvisation and control.
Kirsty McKenzie prolifically creates paintings, drawings, mixed media collages, costumes, interiors, performance, sound, and video installations; as well as her own Universe in which she dwells. Her work depicts portraits of colourful characters with queer and feminist themes, defying sexual and gender stereotypes. She explores the objectification of women, and the feminine identity; interwoven with prominent themes of obsession and addiction. She infuses these topics with humour and a child-like exuberance with simplification and distortion of forms, and a brazen use of colour.
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection