Miranda Forrester’s practice addresses the invisibility of women of colour in the history of art to present authentic depictions of the lived experiences of queerness and Blackness. Her work investigates how her identity affects the way she portrays her subjects and how her paintings can rearticulate the language and history of life drawing through a queer Black feminist desiring lens.
The interior settings of her paintings reflect the importance of the home as a sanctuary for many marginalised groups. The Three Graces, 2019, features the same model in various poses, allowing the artist to capture the various identities that one maintains. In this work, she stretches plastic over the frames and paints onto the highly primed, smooth surfaces so that the viewer can see through the bodies. The surface becomes more than skin: they are flesh, real and alive, bare and on display. The work celebrates women's bodies, the joy in occupying feminine identities and being in relation with one another.
- Artwork Details: 41 x 31cm
- Material description: Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
- Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist
- Medium: Painting
- Accession number: ACC1/2020a