The theme of my latest work is “The Artists’ Muse.” My work began by researching many artists—from different periods and countries—and searching for the models or muses who inspired specific artworks. I wanted to have a broad historical range, to provide an overview of the differing and convergent relationships between artists and their muses. I made Rembrandt’s wife Saskia my historical starting point, and ended with Picasso’s muse Dora Maar.
In my artwork, I want to create the illusion that the muse has just left the artist’s studio, or has just stepped out of the artwork. The painting that inspired each piece is mounted and framed, standing behind the artwork. The fifteen-inch figure—with clothing and various accessories—has been recreated in paper, with every possible detail. With this group it was necessary for me to explore new ways of replicating costumes in paper. It was a challenge, but one of the most enjoyable parts of the process. I also added other accessories that were present in the painting, or in the setting in which it was painted. I took some liberties with artists like Picasso and Modigliani, using my own little visual cues. I made great efforts to create a sense of connection between the original painting—with its distinct historical context—and my own work. Each piece is accompanied by a written biography of the muse and her relationship with the artist.
It’s my goal to give a voice to an overlooked component of famous paintings, and through my artwork, illuminate some of history’s forgotten subjects. I hope that the viewer is not only moved by the intricacies of detail that I put into my work, but will learn something about the women who inspired, nurtured, and loved the artists who created some of the most beautiful paintings every made.
Click to View Muse Descriptions: Pablo Picasso’s Muse – Dora Maar, Manet’s Muse – Victorine Meurent, Marc Chagall’s Muse – Bella Rosenfeld, Rembrandt’s Muse and Wife – Saskia van Uylenburgh, Aline Masson Muse – Raimundo de Madrazo, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Siddal Muse – Dante Gabriel Rossetti