Langdon Graves has an impressive ability for directing our attention towards certain qualities that initially impress through their realism. It isn't until we comprehend the portrait as a whole that we realize that something is amiss. The Brooklyn-based artist draws her characters with such deftness that for a moment it appears that the sketching of a women whose lower face is obscured by a beard could be an accurate depiction of a subject.
This work of art appears to center around the notion of displacement and insertion. Removing a face and decorating the space with an ornate display of flowers works to both enchant and bewilder the audience. Graves also tends to refer to the delicacies of the female form to articulate the beauty in her work.
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