Sci-Fi Paintings Show How Strange Being a Tween Girl Is

May 17, 2016 - Supermoon

WEATHER APP, Oil on panel, creosote finish, 20 x 20 inches. Images Courtesy a Corey Helford Gallery.

Inspired by sci-fi, mythology, and normal folklore, a new array of oil-on-panel paintings reflect on a practice of a complicated tween girl. Too aged to be a child nonetheless too immature to be a teenager, she occupies a rather ungainly center belligerent in perception; a treacherous nonetheless sparkling area in life that Brooklyn-based artist Lori Nelson imagines as a fantastical together star filled with ghouls and magic.

But a nearly-human creatures of Cryptotweens Are Like, on perspective at Corey Helford Gallery from May 28 – Jul 2, aren’t so most frightful as they are introspective. Nelson captures genuine life emotions and tangible milestones of tweenhood, be they unctuous out during night or anticipating ways to perform yourself on a playground. They’re suggestive of Sally Nixon’s illustrations of what women do when no one’s watching, yet with a clearly fantastical air. 

THERE, THERE, Oil on panel, creosote finish, 24 x 24 inches.

Born in Utah to a Mormon family, Nelson became preoccupied by a trusting and regretful representations of saints in normal theological art. Her illustrations seem within a stylized cultured horizon of a story book, eliciting a gloomy clarity of nostalgia. “I am drawn to teenagers as subjects because, for a brief time, they indispensably live a land that is conjunction childhood nor adulthood, yet rather a troublesome junction timberland that all contingency event through,” says Nelson. “Forests, we all know, yet dangerous and spooky, can also be utterly magical.”

Nelson situates her subjects in that disconcerting area of pre-pubescence, when childish salvation gives approach to a mortified confinement of immature adult fatalism. Check out images from a show, below:

WITH YOUR FEET ON THE AIR AND YOUR HEAD ON THE GROUND, Oil on panel, creosote finish, 24 x 30 inches.

SQUIRRELCRAFT, Oil on panel, creosote finish, 30 x 40 inches.

SEASON OF THE SUPERMOON, Oil on panel, creosote finish, 42 x 48 inches.

If you’re in Los Angeles, we can check out Cryptotweens Are Like during a Corey Helford Gallery from May 28th – Jul 2, 2016. See some-more work by Lori Nelson on her website, here.


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