Stefania Fersini’s paintings offer meditations on representations of women in fashion magazines and the linchpin consumerist node of appearance. Beginning with pages ripped from LOVE, The WILD, Wonderland, and other such publications, these paintings prompt us to consider the relationship between these glossy images and the degree of veneer in our own lives.
Fersini’s paintings of slightly crumpled magazine pages emphasize the highlights reflected by studio lights shining on the pages’ gloss coated finish. Creases and reflections partly obscure the women of these spreads; their half-parted lips, half-lidded eyes, and laconic poses all markedly and excessively similar. Wrinkle and highlight relegate those who once posed as goddess facsimiles to quickly fleeting images. With Fersini’s equal focus on the photographic image and its lustrous surface, the eye flits between recognizing the original photograph’s perceptual depth–what it depicts–and the image as a physical/material object. Fersini’s painstaking technique monumentalizes these images, despite the ephemeral nature of fashion.
Her work is currently on view at 101 Exhibit and will run through October 17 at the West Hollywood space, located at 8920 Melrose Ave on the corner of North Almont Drive.