This painting depicts a woman riding a skateboard down a winding road. The figure is surrounded by foliage and a second figure follows closely behind. The central figure's gaze is fixed on a butterfly that hovers just to the left—seemingly leading the skateboarder out of the pictorial frame of the painting.
The artist's work frequently depicts female figures in fantastical scenes that contain hints of nefarious magic. However, McKendrick's use of both the fantastic and the absurd barely obscures the heavy symbolism in her work. The artist is a fluent colorist, combining fruity, saturated hues to produce a discordant sweetness—hinting at the emotional realities that undergird her compositions. McKendrick's enigmatic, narrative scenes hover between whimsy and the macabre, merging playful daydreams with fantasy.
Alissa McKendrick frequently depicts the female figure in her paintings—enigmatic, semi-narrative scenes that unfold against fields of emotive color. The artist’s compositions hover between whimsy and the macabre, merging playful daydreams with nightmares. McKendrick is a fluent colorist, combining a light, painterly touch with fruity, saturated hues to produce a discordant and cutting sweetness.
Alissa McKendrick, born in 1984, attended Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.
Solo exhibitions of McKendrick’s work have taken place at: de boer in Los Angeles, California; Collaborations in Copenhagen, Denmark; Team Gallery in New York City; and Real Fine Arts in Brooklyn, New York.
Group exhibitions that have shown McKendrick’s work have taken place at: Kaufmann Repetto in Milan, Italy; Galerie Crévecoeur in Paris, France; 68 Projects in Berlin, Germany; White Columns in New York City; Alex Zachary in New York City; Greene Naftali in New York City; Y2K Group in New York City; and Mercy Pictures in Auckland, New Zealand.
McKendrick’s work has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, Hyperallergic, and Artillery Magazine.