Glitter Pop Drawings

Turning 40 and looking at popular culture and contemporary women celebrities, I began to ask questions. What do these women represent to the younger generation? What are they teaching them about what it means to be a woman? How are these manufactured personalities different than the ones that Gen X grew up with? With these thoughts came nostalgia.

I began a journey into my childhood memory and started to think deeply about what I was looking at as a child. What messages were the pop stars I was looking at sending into my young mind? What were they teaching me about what it would mean to be a woman?

In my mind, these women I was looking at in the eighties were stronger, more diverse in age, looks and colour. These women were pushing gender boundaries (i.e.,. Annie Lennox / Grace Jones) and Queen Latifah is standing strong, Afrocentric, body positive.

I realised, that I learned a lot from these women, and I began to paint them. As I was painting, I reflected on those distant fuzzy memories of seeing them on Much Music, going to their concerts, and reading about them in teen magazines. What had they taught me? This series on glass represents those TV screens and, in turn, the iPhone and computer screens we look at now. I invite the viewer to look through this personal homage and reflect on how culture has changed, how the messaging has regressed: what are they looking at?

Drawing of Pat Benatar,

 Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches.

Drawing of Grace Jones,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches.

Drawing of Paula Abdul

Mixed Media 4 x 6

Drawing of Annie Lennox,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches.

Drawing of Shelia E, Ilene Sova,

Media, 4 x 6 inches.

Drawing of Blondie, Ilene Sova,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches.

Drawing of Mary Tyler Moore, Ilene Sova, Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches.

Drawing of Mary Tina Louise, Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Olivia Newton John, Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches.

Drawing of Tiffany, 

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches.

Drawing of Joan Jett,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Whitney Houston,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Tina Turner,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Cyndi Lauper,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Mary J Blidge,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Queen Latifah,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Salt n Pepa,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Debbie Gibson,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Sade,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Linda Carter,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Cyndi Lauper,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Madonna,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Mary J Blidge,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches

Drawing of Susanna Hoffs,

Mixed Media, 4 x 6 inches