Dark Glamour

An artist's unexpectedly bright visions.

 

By Carol Ann Fitzgerald

October 2008

Iron Glove: Paintings by Elizabeth Fox

d.o.c.s. Gallery, New Orleans

 

Obama Painting

Iron Glove

Elizabeth Fox explores the mysteries of sexual intrigue with a candy-colored palette and a pulp-fiction sensibility. Her compositions evoke glamorous, bygone eras, when men in suits were rendered senseless by leggy dames in stilettos and diaphanous dresses. The dynamic tension of male-female interaction is subtle yet palpable—businessmen on a train or in a window studiously avoid staring at a femme fatale who passes by with a blank expression and a flash of shapely thighs. A longtime resident of New Orleans, Fox started out selling her paintings on a fence on Royal Street; she is now represented by d.o.c.s. Gallery (709 Camp Street), where "Iron Glove," a month-long exhibition of her new paintings, will open on Saturday, October 4 as part of the city's annual Art for Arts' Sake celebration.

 

Fox's previous exhibitions earned her widespread glowing reviews: Gambit Weekly likened her to "Voltaire as a contemporary woman from suburbia" and the Times Picayune praised her unusual and masterful blend of beauty and vacancy. However, we disagree with the /Times Picayune/'s assessment of Fox's women as Paris Hilton types—we see women made from stronger fabric, more lion than kitten, and armed with hidden assets, like Faye Dunaway.

 

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