Explorers Doing Exploring
This dream-like painting imagines bodies engaging in sexual acts with a landscape. The composition playfully explores the trope of triumphant explorers gazing, or even planting their flag, upon a conquered land. The work asks viewers to consider: what is this tendency to lay claim, and how can we shift our perspective on this behavior with humor and empathy?
The artist's painting uses an abstracted narrative language to articulate points of tension and unease. The artist begins each of her compositions with decisive subjects and actions, and then dispels them and their relationships within a dreamy realm. These elusive spaces often retain a single identifiable object, such as a chair, a window or a vessel. Other figures float in the picture plane, ungrounded and suspended in place with possibility.
Odessa Straub paintings articulate unease and points of tension through abstraction. Drawing from both her own personal history and a persistent cultural anxiety, the artist creates elusive spaces and dreamy realms where fictionalized narratives unfold. Embracing human fallibility, Straub’s work features loosely articulated figures that project transitory states—like drift, suspension and dissolution.