Makeup Advertisement, 2020
Oil on canvas
About the Artist
Jessica Frances Martin (b. 1987 Phoenix, AZ US) lives and works in Phoenix, AZ. Martin holds an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Martin considers the borders between women’s inner and outer worlds. Her images are interior/ exterior explorations, playing with the boundaries between real world, fantasy, and fiction. Other themes in her work include bonds with animals, women engaged in leisure, play, and explorations of nature.
About the Artwork
This work considers the potential of invisibility, and/ or ambiguous forms. The hand could be a shadow, a ghost, or a prop like a mannequin come alive. Either way it’s interacting with the products and spraying an invisible substance. It’s unclear if this act has any negative implications or not. This was made at a time when other works I was making were inspired by phrases used in the beauty industry: “glowing skin”, “skin that looks young and stays younger”, “invisible makeup for a natural look”, and narratives of “inside out beauty.” I liked how some of these phrases could suggest something supernatural or creepy when used out of context.