Details:

This painting depicts a mother and child figure intertwined. The artist is a new mother herself, and her artwork is informed by both the massive upheaval of becoming a parent and the experience of witnessing her own mother’s death from cancer.
Framed: 36.8 x 30.8 x 0.8 in.
Signed

① Artwork:

Exxon Sirène

This painting depicts a mother and child figure intertwined. The artist is a new mother herself, and her artwork is informed by both the massive upheaval of becoming a parent and the experience of witnessing her own mother’s death from cancer. This work is held in an artist frame. Challenging the conventional frame's rigid utilitarianism led the artist into a gratifying exploration of materiality and decoration, as well as ideas related to protection, security and beauty.

Rainen Knecht employs a form of dream logic to examine beauty, humor and horror. The artist's work depicts figures situated between warrior princess and sturdy milkmaid—hybrid feminine figures that playfully enact feminist revenge fantasies as they lounge, bend or contort into suggestive puzzles. Knecht's sexy, angry, ugly and funny figures are unbound by convention. They both seduce and offend, and are frequently depicted as amply endowed but with withering or oversized appendages. Knecht's figures question the line between alien and real, human and animal, self and other.

Specs:

30.75 inches
36.75 inches
with frame
30.75 inches
36.75 inches

③ Artist:

Rainen Knecht

The figures in Rainen Knecht’s paintings question the line between alien and real, human and animal, self and other. The artist employs a form of dream logic to examine beauty, humor and horror in works that are simultaneously sexy, angry, ugly and funny. Knecht’s hybrid, feminine figures—situated between warrior princess and sturdy milkmaid—playfully enact feminist revenge fantasies as they lounge, bend or contort into suggestive puzzles.

Rainen Knecht:
Exxon Sirène, 2022
Oil on linen, wood and plaster
36.8 × 30.8 inches /