This colored pencil composition depicts a snake wrapped around the neck of a costumed woman who cradles the serpent's head even as it threatens to choke her.
As a childhood defense mechanism, Rosenwald adopted humor to deal with her anxieties over consumer culture and female beauty expectations. Her compositions, meticulously rendered in colored pencil, are defined by their use of comedy to depict feminist issues and the artist's own anxieties. Her darkly humorous yet extremely poignant work speaks to the complexities and volatility of the female experience.
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Samantha Rosenwald uses colored pencils to create meticulous and darkly humorous paintings. Her poignant images touch on topics of female identity, art history and consumerism. Rosenwald’s practice draws from her childhood anxieties over mass media beauty expectations to explore the complexities and volatility of the female experience.