Infinity Birth Altar
This painting is part of the artist's series focusing on crowning and birth. These works also examine the writings of Julia Kristeva on the abject maternal body, and how the abject is closely aligned with the sacred. The artist states she identifies more with the baby than with the birthing person in these paintings. For these works, the artist chose to use photographs as an inspiration—as she was unable to paint from life, her usual practice, during the pandemic.
About this series, Haynes says: ”I want the scale of my crowning paintings to be both very small, and larger-than-life—so that the viewer beholds the event of crowning as gemlike, sexy, precious, powerful, enveloping, disturbing, beautiful and confrontational.” Haynes's oeuvre of non-traditional portraiture never relies on the face. The artist's work frequently explores themes of healing, trauma and self-determination.
Often painting from life, Clarity Haynes’ painting practice centers on the body, queer feminist resistance and the archive. The artist’s non-traditional portraiture frequently explores the torso as a subject; her compositions never rely on the face and are frequently monumental in scale. Haynes’ work focuses on themes of healing, trauma and self-determination.
This painting is part of the artist's series focusing on crowning and birth—exploring the writings of Julia Kristeva on the abject maternal body. The artist states she identifies more with the baby than with the birthing person in these works.More