Details:

This work, painted during a heatwave, gives creature-like form to the impulsive voice of our baser instincts. This painting uses an abstracted narrative language to articulate points of tension and unease.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Shoulder Devils

This work, painted during a heatwave, gives creature-like form to the impulsive voice of our baser instincts. This 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’s fictionalized narratives are derived both from her own personal history and a persistent cultural unease. The artist's ability to embrace human fallibility injects uneasy yet empathetic humanity into her subjects. Straub's paintings' loosely articulated figures serve as stand-ins for viewers, projecting commonly felt transitory states of ease, drift, suspension and dissolution.

Specs:

16 inches
20 inches

③ Artist:

Odessa Straub

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.

Odessa Straub:
Shoulder Devils, 2022
Acrylic on canvas
20.0 × 16.0 inches /