The Dressing TableMalia Pettit
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on back
30 " h x 24 " w x 1.5 " d |2 lbs. 15 oz.
"The Dressing Table was inspired by the ritual behind female dressing and what is required - hair, make-up, undergarments," says Malia. "Many feminist questions arise about how and why we present ourselves to the world in this way. The entire subject becomes so beautifully subverted by the paint, which is seemingly uncontrolled in places. Here the paint is liberated, and given complete freedom to drip down the surface without having to conform to any strict rules."
Malia Pettit sees her artistic process as an act of “liberating the paint” and “allowing for the unexpected to occur.” Her portraits of women stem from a fascination with glossy magazines and their portrayal of models, actors and celebrities. Her work has been especially influenced by Chantal Joffe and John Singer Sargent. She currently lives in California after having lived in England for ten years. When she’s not painting, she is a full-time mom and enjoys exploring estate sales, antique stores and used bookstores.