Project: Rather Handsome, Than Beautiful
A series of paintings with flowers and petals against dark backgrounds, Rather Handsome Than Beautiful is a nod to Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. Where the main character, Edna Pontellier is described as being rather handsome than beautiful.
Influenced by visual aesthetics from traditional still life painting spanning from the 16th-19th centuries and contemporary period drama shows, these paintings are awkward portraits of desire, sentimentality, romanticism and resilience. They explore an untraditional and queer, view of beauty, convention, ceremony, femininity, motherhood, intimacy and self-embodiment.
Entertain me out of the darkness- Marc Maron
She was rather handsome than beautiful. Her face was captivating by reason of a certain frankness of expression and contradictory subtle play of features. Her manner was engaging. - Kate Chopin