Christina Cornier

My work focuses on portraits of women and tackles ideas surrounding image and representation. Often the way we are seen does not match the way we see ourselves. I'm interested in the power-play that can happen between the viewed and the viewer. The “gaze” itself is a loaded term that carries with it power and implications of gender. The “gaze” assumes males eyes on a female subject. Any art history book will show of a long tradition of women being painted from a male gaze, often objectifying or eroticizing the female form. It's saturated with famous male artists with big names painting nameless female bodies. But can this change if the gaze is from one woman onto another? Can more attention can be spent on depicting women as more complex and multidimensional than just a beautiful face or body on a canvas? Can depicting the subject gazing back out reverse the common relationship between the viewer and the viewed thus empowering the subject?

Work currently on display at
Susan Mains Gallery Gallery
Grand Anse, Grenada