This print depicts a figure with a haunting expression created from an etching that epitomizes the dynamic style of the artist's internationally renowned paintings.
Schutz rarely presents the viewer with an easy subject. Even works by the artist that seem lighthearted are often imbued with a dark hilarity. Schutz depicts situations that seem unimaginable, awkward, or even grotesque, asking us to reimagine the world we live in—while inspiring us to look at our surroundings with fresh eyes.
Dana Schutz says: "I knew that I wanted to be painting subjects that did not exist or could not be painted from observation . . . I wanted to visualize the subject, like it was a thing that I wanted to see pictured, so that was a reason to paint it."
Dana Shutz's work frequently depicts scenarios from another reality, which is populated by figures that participate in violent and creative activities, as well as impossible and contradictory situations. The artist's fictional subjects have included: people who can eat themselves; a gravity fanatic; imaginary births and deaths; and public/private performers. Schutz draws influence from cubism and expressionism, as well as other movements of the 20th and 21st century—creating images that have an air of familiarity while remaining entirely unique.