M. Kulig Fine Arts

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2 drawings from 2011

"Threes," graphite on paper, 20 x 30 inches

"Mirror,"  graphite and conte pencil on toned paper

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

new 2010 drawings

graphite on board
"Eyeball Grapes"
graphite on gray paper mounted on board w/white pencil

Monday, June 1, 2009

Works in progress

Artist Statement

What happens when a woman expresses rage?

My drawings seek to confront the notion of a woman’s appropriate behavior in society, and how the boundaries have shifted since the 19th century.

Victorian society preferred its women to be passive, soothing, and ready to keep domestic peace.  If not, they may have been labeled hysterical, mad, or disturbed, with potentially dire consequences.

My distorted self-portraits in Victorian-era costume are drawn from a side of my emotional landscape that I have rarely let myself explore – an angry, contorted, and ugly place.  Though drawn in the traditional medium of graphite on paper, they counter the ancient concept of portraiture as flattery and beautiful resemblances.

Exploring feminine rage through line, mark, shadow, and form, I discover a certain beauty in the making, and deep emotional connection to the subject, where the mask of perceived acceptability is lifted, and a new, more authentic beauty, in expressions normally suppressed, is revealed. It is my hope that these portraits let me embrace, in a new light, this dark, angry side of myself.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Journal Excerpts 8/08

It seems that my previous post is not formatting the way I have it in the original Word file. Being a novice at this whole blog/internet thing, I have yet to make my post look the way it's supposed to from the "Create New Post" window. Two weeks ago I posed in my new Victorian outfit and arranged a photo shoot with 2 fabulous portrait photographers from AIB. I'm awaiting the results and will post them here next week. Wearing the long skirt, puffy, high-collared blouse and snug vest made me feel very lady-like and proper. I wanted to speak differently, as if acting like an 18th century aristocrat. Without a corset I didn't feel as over-heated with all of the clothing as I originally thought. By the end of the 4 hours though, I was indeed exhausted as the skirt was heavy to drag around. I have a new appreciation for actors as well. I wanted to express fear, anger and frustration in the different poses from my story board, but had a hard time feeling the emotions intensely. The toy snake was more cute than frightening, and it was difficult not to laugh and be silly. While waiting for the final photos, I've been working on my scary Victorian wallpaper. I've posted a scan of the original drawing that will be used for a border on the wall. Next week I'll post photos of the rest of the wallpaper as I finish it.

Thursday, August 14, 2008