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Anne Polashenski

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Turkish Delight: L‚le Kemha Obliteration
Turkish Delight: L‚le Kemha Obliteration
Image 1:
Turkish Delight: L‚le Kemha Obliteration
2008
18 x 18 inches
C-print & gouache on paper.

Turkish Delight: «intamani Obliteration
Turkish Delight: «intamani Obliteration
Image 2:
Turkish Delight: «intamani Obliteration, 2008
C-print and gouache on paper.
16 x 16 inches

Image 4:
Turkish Delight: «intamani Obliteration, Detail 2008
C-print and gouache on paper
16 x 16 inches


Image 5:
Alligator Boy Flimflam, 2008
6 x 6 inches
rubber stamp ink images and gouache on paper.
Turkish Delight: «intamani Obliteration, Detail
Turkish Delight: «intamani Obliteration, Detail
Alligator Boy Flimflam
Alligator Boy Flimflam
Javanese Puppet Flimflam
Javanese Puppet Flimflam
Turkish Delight is a new series of elaborate mixed media works that portray women dressed in Turkish Kaftans that are visually obliterated by their textile patterns. Traditionally, only Ottoman Sultans wore these elaborate robes; some were so precious that they were given as rewards to important generals or dignitaries. I am interested in addressing the status and gender of dress from this culture from a modern day western perspective, where a long dress is never clothing that an important male figure would embrace. The Turkish Delight paintings give power to the women dressed in the Imperial Kaftans, but as the title also suggests the woman are objectified as candy or as eye candy Ė a role that women confront everyday in almost all cultures.

In a more humorous series of work titled Flimflams, I use an eclectic range of rubber-stamp images that interact with the painted patterns. These pieces move further into the realm of fantasy and absurdity than with other works. The stamps are carefully selected to create a series of paintings that are unrestrained by pictorial reality, but structured around the patterns, forming ambiguous narratives and suggesting a new set of cultural associations for the chosen patterns.
Image 3:
Tattoo Head Flimflam, 2007
8 x 8 inches
rubber stamp image, ink and gouache on paper.
Turkish Delight: «intamani Obliteration, Detail
Turkish Delight: «intamani Obliteration, Detail
Image 6:
Javanese Puppet Flimflam, 2007
8 x 8 inches
rubber stamp ink images and gouache on paper.
Anne Polashenski
Brooklyn
NY 11218
New York, NY
New York
North America

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