Dawn Hunter

Luscions Outside
acrylic glaze on board
14 x 16 in.

What makes one female? Science defines gender by sex organs and hormones; however, it exists visually in culture. In some tribal cultures women look forward to menopause, because when ovulation ceases they are considered males — a life change that is celebrated ritually. With these thoughts in mind, the image of Dolly Parton becomes a paradox. After a well-documented hysterectomy in the early eighties, her bust-line, through surgical assistance, has expanded from a 36DD to the current 48DD bust-line. This painting, however, explores her pre-surgical, natural physical body juxtaposed with her cultivated female image that is obtained through objects of artifice, i.e., wigs, costumes, nails, etc.

© Dawn Hunter