The Painted Ladies by Jessica Harrison Boasts Tough Chic Makeovers

By: Meghan Young - May 15, 2014
References: galerielj & thisiscolossal
The Painted Ladies series re-imagines traditional porcelain figurines with tattoos covering their bodies, save where their ball gowns begin and end. Interestingly, the sculptures somehow maintain their grace and elegance. The body art simply becomes a decorative addition to their ladylike looks. This is refreshing considering the series' predecessor involving macabre makeovers.

Created by Jessica Harrison, an artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Painted Ladies series is part of a larger exhibit, Flash. On view at Galerie L.J., she "re-describes the body in sculpture through the skin, offering an alternative way of thinking about the body beyond a binary tradition of inside and outside" through The Painted Lady series, as written in her artist statement.