The vintage women of Ewa Juszkiewicz‘s hypnotizing portraits have experienced a decapitation of an unusual sort: their heads are all replaced by a series of inanimate object from plants to mollusks.
“In my paintings I take critical view on the way women have been pictured in history of painting and other visual media up to today,” Juszkiewicz explains in her artist’s statement. “I work mostly in the field of portrait, which I intend to approach from a different angle that avoids focusing on the appearance.”
Self-Portrait. Lydia Field Emmet (American, 1866-1952). Oil on canvas. National Academy Museum, New York.
Emmet produced miniatures as well as full-scale portraits. Her sitters were men and women prominent in business, education, and society. Perhaps her most celebrated subject was Mrs. Herbert Hoover, whose official White House portrait she executed.