These portraits pay homage to nine creatives who were wives to nine very well known artists.
The portraits also refer to Georigio de Chirico’s prank of copying his own pictures to undermine art world systems, a practice called veri-falsi (true fakes). I joined de Chirico in copying his 1918, The Disquieting Muse, as a way undermine a particular artworld system. This system uses the trope of the wife of the famous artist as his muse. Many of these women are often footnoted, with great astonishment and delight by critics and historians, as “an artist in her own right.” Although there are so many other “art historical wives” who fit this trope, I only drew a few.
graphite on paper, each drawing 6 x 4 inches, 2016