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Bonnie Morano

Hunter College

Make Me a Mask
oil on linen


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

We all wear masks, disguising our true selves in favor of a role. Women are camouflaged in clothing, veiled in decoration. Though meant to enchant, the masks are a distraction, ultimately concealing the true self.

How do you describe your work and practice?

My approach to painting is to create the feeling of fullness and maximalism through color, pattern and content, almost to the point of decadence. My work questions the role of beauty as both sensory fulfillment and as compensation for emptiness.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

My goals as a painter are aligned with those of the NY Academy of Art; specifically, to approach figurative painting with respect for the canon while making art for my 21st-century self.

What inspires your work?

I am inspired by bright shiny objects and introspective thought. These two may seem at odds. The tension between the seduction of beauty and the value of intellect is offered for reconciliation in my paintings.

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