Your Best ShotMalia 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. 14 oz.
"Created in conjunction with the painting The Dressing Table, this piece also seems to be on the one hand conforming to idealized standards of beauty - strict, almost realistic rendering of a swimsuit model," says Malia. "All is swiftly undermined though by loose, dripping shards of turquoise paint that threaten to ruin this perfection. 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.