In this pastel and ink composition, a table in the foreground is laid out with a wine bottle, glasses, cigarettes and matches, a vase with flowers and other sundry objects. In the background, two female figures can be seen. A nude woman sits on a chair, partially obscured by a flower in the foreground. Another woman wearing only tights is seemingly emerging from a mirror, or perhaps is depicted in a portrait on the wall. Neither of them have discernible facial expressions—only a minimum number of features are visible on their faces at all.
The artist frequently depicts women in her works, figures that don’t seem to fully engage in their activities. These woman aren't posing for a male viewer; instead, they seem to absent-mindedly take on performative gestures and acts that have entered the collective memory through art, fashion and pop culture.
Orchard's work plays with the formal elements of early 20th century modernist movements, such as cubism, fauvism or German expressionism. In her compositions, she embeds contemporary narratives into figurative painting history while raising questions about the representation of the female body.
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Danielle Orchard’s paintings and works on paper investigate contemporary representations of the female body. Her work depicts women who don’t seem to fully partake in their leisure activities, yet are not posing for any male gaze; instead, they absent-mindedly take on performative gestures that have entered the collective memory through art, fashion and pop culture. Orchard’s work embeds contemporary narratives into the history of figurative painting by playing with formal elements of modernist movements such as cubism, fauvism and German expressionism.