The little one wrapped
This painting depicts a naked woman engaged in an enigmatic activity; the figure can be viewed as either highly erotic or a whimsical remark on the classic genre of the female nude. This work is part of a series by the artist that plays with the historical and conceptual underpinnings of painting to express a range of seemingly oppositional forces. Each composition is a stimulating and amusing comment on sexual identity, the human body and the history of painting over the last hundred years.
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Bordering on abstract expressionism, Jo Messer’s paintings offer stimulating and amusing comments about sexual identity and the human body. The artist’s canvases are populated by naked female figures engaged in enigmatic activities—understood as either highly erotic poses, or the artist’s whimsical remarks on the classic genre of the nude. Messer’s unique style explores painting’s full potential while playing with the historical and conceptual underpinnings of the medium.