Alexandra Manukyan

20 01 2012

Alexandra Manukyan‘s statement

“I focus on combining traditional oil painting techniques with surrealist symbolism to communicate the immediate and lasting impact of technological innovations on the human body and psyche. One recurring motif in my paintings often appears as the feminine form bearing the burdens of worldly grief and mistakes on her body bowing in resignation to a seemingly inevitable fate: the acquiescence of the corporeal state to the encroaching dominance of modern technologies conjoining itself like an apathetic demon of silicon and circuitry cursing more than fulfilling promises of beauty and comfort.”

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I don’t know what she’s talking about. Actually I do. She has to say something. About her art. She could have just said ‘maudlin’. (‘And then there’s Maudlin’) Without the tears. I suppose she has a vision. But why are all the models in their 20s? Her images would have been more effective in my view if she had used older models, perhaps unattractive models, or overweight ones. But that probably wouldn’t have been a good business move. I do like the use of the word acquiescence in her statement. But that’s an old Jon Stewart joke.