This series of paintings by Calgary artist Samantha Charette explores themes of the female identity, the female body and self-portraiture, and the role of the female artist in contemporary figurative painting.
This series is in conversation with a select group of female artists currently working with similar themes. The artists Charette selected to work in conversation with were Jordan Casteel, Mira Dancy, Tschabalala Self, Grace Weaver and Sanam Khatibi. These artists were selected because of the social and political issues that they address in their work, with Charette's aim being to open up a dialogue about what it means today to be a young female artist working with the female identity and form in contemporary painting.
Through the process of collage, and the layering and fracturing of the images this series seeks to reflect the complex and multifaceted nature and structure of a collective female identify and experience.