The Gang (2010) by Lisa Biles (b. 1977)
My art is the only form of communication I feel comfortable with. Having suffered from anorexia nervosa, I have constantly found it difficult to communicate with people and to accept the pressure to be perfect. I chose to isolate myself and create my own world where I become powerful, victorious and in control. I achieve this through manipulating images in fashion journals and popular culture magazines, creating collages which then become paintings.
The only way I can become indestructible is through painting
This painting is to do with feelings of isolation, and not having friends to share emotions with. So I create my own fantasy world with figures and dolls that are from cartoons, films and popular culture. I often tackle issues of identity and image within my work. I use masks to disguise the characters in my paintings in order to demonstrate that we all use something to hide behind. There is a tension between the playful characters and the threatening ones. The playful ones represent a sense of freedom, like being a kid again and not being judged. The threatening ones represent a sense of power and entrapment.
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