Found 03/2012, Savers (North Loop and Burnet)

Elements of this picture seem influenced the Fauvist art movement, where intense and exotic colors were used to create an otherworldy and emotionally charged image. The deep red background, in particular, evokes that movement, where the play of color is as intrinsic to the image as the subject itself. Because of the post-impressionist nature of the image, the meaning of the artist’s color palette is in the effect that it creates. Without the context of a background to the illustration, the effect of the shifted colors and bold lines seems to be to create an unsettling and alien reflection of self. The bold and oversized lips and eyes that have not been touched with eyeliner so much as chiseled both draw attention to the artificiality of the subject—she looks into a mirror, and a surreal and plastic construct looks back.

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