Aisling HamrogueRed Peeper, 2016, oil on canvas, 48” x 50”
My paintings reflect an interest in belief systems surrounding emotional languages and modes of representation within popular culture. My current body of work is heavily influenced by horror genre imagery. Violence against women is both trivialized and fetishized within horror imagery. I am interested in the messy intersections of sincerity and irony, entertainment and fear; the moments when the dramatic spills into the melodramatic. By simultaneously creating illusionary space and displaying the means of deception, the paintings become a stage to explore the tension of contradictions. The paintings evoke associations to Caravaggio's use of chiaroscuro, baroque drapery, horror illustration and an amalgam of theatrical gestures.