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Nadia Colella

Sunday Afternoon

2011, Oil on canvas, 60"w x 36"h

My work investigates personal experiences, representations and stereotypes of the feminine and the female body. Referencing classical oil genre paintings, the beautiful and the grotesque are juxtaposed within my nude self-portraits and allude to the struggles of coping with body image.

This ongoing series titled, “Gluttony: a beautiful dichotomy”, is an invitation to the viewer to explore and invade extremely private moments that discuss personal fantasy, desire, indulgence and self-restraint.

In one painting, the figure, surrounded by sweets, is contained in a fetal position reinforcing distress. In another, the figure gives into an act of pleasure on top of a table. In others, the figure is removed to allow the sweets to become the sole objects of desire.

My goal is to draw the viewer in by tempting them with the seductive surface of paint and alluring imagery, while simultaneously raising questions
of excess and obsession and eliciting a range of emotion from hilarity to disgust.


Nadia Colella - Sunday Afternoon

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