About this Series
The inspiration for this series is American painter Edward Hopper's late painting “Excursion into Philosophy”, a tense and mysterious narrative between a man and a women on a twin bed. This exhibition is a continuation of my work exploring issues of intimacy and estrangement between couples in a bedroom setting. The flat painting style with clearly delineated edges, based on my experience as a digital book illustrator, was conceived as a non-sequential storyboard with a changing cast of bedmates.
In 1959, 77 year old Edward Hopper painted a bedroom scene with a fully clothed man seated on a bed, shoulders slumped and facial expression grim. A woman lays on her side, her back to the man, her face hidden, wearing only a pink top with her naked buttocks exposed. There is an open book on the bed. Hopper’s wife Jo was frequently his model, but we do not know if she modeled for this painting. Jo was an artist who gave up her practice to support and promote Edward, and their marriage was not always happy. Jo wrote in her ledger “The open book is Plato, re-read too late.”
In my deconstructed version of "Excursion into Philosophy", the heterosexual couple is divided into a diptych, each viewed from different angles. The woman, now visually protected from the male gaze by pink panties, is stretched out face down instead of curled in a semi-fetal position. She clutches a pillow for comfort. The man, slumping forward, is completely nude, and his entire head and shoulders have been cropped out of the frame.There is no book in my version, however in other "Untitled" canvases in this series, cell phones occupy the attention of one of the bed partners.