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Jemima Kirke’s Paintings Explore Girls and Women

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Published: Mar 22, 2014 • References: jkirke and tmagazine.blogs.nytimes
Jemima Kirke’s paintings may not be her primary claim to fame, but they certainly are stunning. The 28-year-old creative, best known for her role as bohemian wild child Jessa on the coming-of-age HBO series ‘Girls,’ is debuting her own tribute to girlhood with ‘Platforms,’ an art collection featuring all-female subjects. However, Kirke is quick to point out that the decision to use female subjects is more of a comfortability issue than anything else. Indeed, ‘Platforms’ features a very personal cast of characters, including her sister, personal trainer and three-year old daughter. 

In one painting, titled ‘Sasha,’ Kirke paints the 6-year-old daughter of a friend. Discussing the process, she says, “What was interesting about Sasha is that she actually seemed to understand why I was painting her…We really worked together on this one and took each other seriously. I was interested in her maturity and her poise.”

Kirke will be presenting the series at San Francisco’s Fouladi Projects from March 21st until May 10th.