Oriana Lewton-Leopold VS MFA Thesis 2012
The Decorated Psychology of an Imaginary Muse
By examining the stories and work of women from centuries past—women labeled hysterical but who in reality were writers, painters, and performance artists—I gain a better understanding of my own practice. Choosing to work in ways that women were bound to historically—portrait painting, flower painting—I remember these women and keep their legacies alive. By directing my own domestic studio practice, I push my mind deeper into itself and into the worlds of the women I paint. The canvas becomes the space where I explore my own visions, my subjects’ stories, and the place where these collide.