Judith glitters

19 May

Jamie Vasta, “Judith and Holofernes, 1599,”  2010, Glitter on stained panel, 36 x 48 in, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California, US

Wow.   Just wow.   I am in love with this conception of Judith.

And the best way to explain it is to turn to a professional art voyeurs: Meighan O’Toole and Matt Sussman.

One thing I never make any bones about is being a lady and loving girly things such as glitter. I am unabashedly a huge fan of the sparkly flakes. Something else I make no bones about on this blog is my sheer enthusiasm when an artist takes something (like a medium) and turns that mother out in a way that you just don’t see very often. That is the stuff that moves me, that gets me out of bed in the morning. Jamie Vasta is one such artist. Painting with glitter, Jamie approaches the medium that is normally relegated to the arts and crafts bungalow in a classic and refined manner, turning the medium into a beautiful and mature palatte. I got to spend some time in her studio yesterday, where she shared with me her latest group of paintings all inspired by Caravaggio paintings… (1)

Vasta reproduces the images on wood panel using colored glitter that would fill several craft stores, recreating Caravaggio’s scenarios with her circle of friends.

Performance artist Alisia Waller stands in as Judith beheading Holofernes with a butcher knife (2).

i don’t know which lucky friend got to be Holofernes.   I just wish my computer screen could sparkle.

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(1) Meighan O’Toole,  Studio Visit: Jamie Vasta,  My Love for You… , April 27, 2010.

(2) Matt Sussman,  All that glitters: Jamie Vasta updates Caravaggio for the literary queer, San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 12, 2011.

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