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Kellisimone Waits ~ Fuse Gallery NYC

I was so happy to hear Kellisimone Waits is debuting her first solo show in NYC!  Knowing her family, I would hear about “this little art gathering” for Kellisimone, in various little venues around Sonoma County when she first started showing her work around 2005.  She was always a bit shy at her openings and very humble about her talent, which I felt had depth considering how young she was when I first start seeing her work. But behind that shy demeanor is a someone who is not afraid to tackle issues, and her previous work entitled “Women”,  “Power Plays” and “False Idols” all showcase someone who not only has a viewpoint, but is not afraid to tackle gender and society issues…

Condoleeza Rice 2009

“Power Plays” paintings of Kellisimone Waits make a politically ironic statement rather than a satiric one. By depicting figures of power like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton in compromising poses, Waits strips them of their political and moral authority and imagines them as cheap and tawdry. Adopting a slapdash guerilla style, the paint handling is as dysfunctional as the manner in which Waits presents her subjects. Secretary of State Clinton assumes dominance over a wide eyed Speaker of the House, Condoleezza Rice appears menacing and crazed wearing nothing but black lingerie, and the only thing keeping Margaret Thatcher from exposing her nipples are a pair of crosses. Waits’ work notes that political figures are subject to the same scrutiny as celebrities, and in these fantasies she relishes bludgeoning them off of their pedestals. ‘via

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher 2009 from "Power Plays"

Henry Kissinger 2009 from "Power Plays"

 

 

 

 

 

Her first solo show opened last night at Fuse Gallery, called “What’s your Power Animal?”:  “Kellesimone Waits invites the viewer to follow her down the rabbit hole into a place where things are strange and lovely. It is fanciful world inhabited by sweet creatures with an ulterior agenda. These delicately rendered and cared for works reference sources ranging from mythology, fairy tales, children’s books, contemporary fantasy film and literature, to fashion and even furry fandom”.

Actaeon and Artemis Gouache and Blak Sumi Ink on Watercolor Paper 18 x 25.75

Alice Gouache and Blak Sumi Ink on Watercolor Paper 18 x 25.75

"NATURAL SELECTION : a natural process that results in the survival and reproductive success of individuals or groups best adjusted to their environment and that leads to the perpetuation of genetic qualities best suited to that particular environment"...

“I paint to communicate to others how I see – not what I see. The natural and persistent need to communicate, to relate, to understand and be understood by others is what draws me to paint the figure. My expressive figurations are the allegorical road map of my inner dialogue with real and invented subjects.  I strive to maintain a loose framework of intention guided by personally evolving questions.”

 

 

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