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Carly McAskill

Madame Aurora

2010, Pencil on paper, 22"w x 30"h

“Ladies of Leisure”

How can art provide a site of seduction and imagination? As a female artist, it is important to me to investigate this question from a gendered position. I employ collage in my work because it allows me to use an assemblage of different representations of women to create new and exaggerated female forms. My interest lies in how experimentation in collage and mixed media can provide a space of sensual engagement for the viewer. The mixed media surface uses various textures to reflect on a wide range of references: from glamour models to the barbaric centerfolds that exist in the exaggerated world of fashion.

Through my research and artwork I aim to understand how the historical representation of the “mysterious seductress” applies to contemporary female identity. My work investigates the thinking, manners and expectations of upper-class Western women from the Enlightenment to today in relation to seduction. I am interested in looking at why fabric and patterns, portraiture and fantasy, underwear, hairstyles and headgear played – and continues to play – such a significant role in the identity, power and sexuality of women.


Carly McAskill - Madame Aurora

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Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.