Details:

This work, painted in a heatwave, explores the intermingling of pain and ecstasy that comes with intimacy. The title of this work is drawn from a classic guide to sadomasochism, "Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns."
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Thorn Porn

This work, painted in a heatwave, explores the intermingling of pain and ecstasy that comes with intimacy. The title of this work is drawn from a classic guide to sadomasochism, Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns.

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.

Specs:

11 inches
14 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:
Thorn Porn, 2022
Acrylic on canvas
14.0 × 11.0 inches /