Resurrection [back]

Oil on Panel | 10" x 10" | 2010

This painting references The Resurrection (c. 1460) by Piero della Francesca, in which Christ is rising out of his tomb amongst a band of sleeping guards. But here, instead of Christ, it is a mature woman in a bikini staking her claim to her femininity with a flag in pink. One leg is transparent as it traverses the final stage of rising out of the tomb while the other is firmly planted on top. Where there were sleeping guards are beach balls.

The beach balls are featured as if on pedestals and represent the viewpoint some hold of women being frivolous. She is rising above it to be the person she wants to be.

The rising from the dead is the taking of a next major step in one's life. She is taking her first step into her future, and it is uncertain, but she's doing it her way as she rises above any criticism.