Dana Nechmad

gouache on paper
20 x 30 in.

My paintings focus on the power of the body and its sexuality as it dominates both the personal and the social spheres. I use imagery from my own seductive, repulsive fears and fantasies. I work with vivid colors and gestural marks, however my concern is not with the beauty of the flesh but the emotion it arouses. The materiality of the mark making emphasizes the corporeal aspect of my work, as if the drips of the paint are pulling down the image on the slick surface from the metaphoric realm to reality. My images allude to a nightmare that creeps into the conscious surface for a brief moment, like a dreadful display of sweetness.