Perfect Order

A Highly Successful Animal (C. Crocuta), 2017, Oil on paper, 22.5 X 30 inches

Don't Struggle Like That Or I Will Only Love You More (L. Hasselti), 2017, Oil on paper, 22.5 X 30 inches

Blood Dance (L. Hasselti), 2017, Oil on paper, 22.5 X 30 inches

Gift of the Web (L. Hasselti), 2017, Oil on paper, 22.5 X 30 inches

Workers Gather (A. Mellifera), 2016, Oil on paper, 22.5 X 30 inches

Supersedure (A. Mellifera), 2016, Oil on paper, 22.5 X 30 inches

An Enemy (A. Ocellaris), 2016, Oil on paper, 22.5 X 30 inches

The Ones Who Hunt (P. Leo), 2016, Oil on paper, 22.5 X 30 inches

Posted on: September 11, 2017
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Description

Perfect Order is a series of paintings depicting anonymous human figures taking on the roles and behaviors of animals that live in matriarchal societies. This project playfully demonstrates dominance hierarchies that subvert stereotypes of masculinity, legitimize feminine authority, and challenge commonly assigned gender roles. Species studied for these works include the Western Honeybee (Apis Mellifera), the Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion Ocellaris), the African Lion (Panthera Leo), the Australian Redback Spider (Lactrodectus Hasselti), and the Laughing Hyena (Crocuta Crocuta).




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Anne Buckwalter

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MFA Alumni

Major: Painting

Graduation Year: 2012


Artist Statement:

Inspired by the historic tradition of allegorical painting, my work depicts figures in
ambiguous situations as a way of exploring the strange, nebulous rules of human
behavior. I intend my paintings to be both quiet and disquieting, using obscurity,
tension, and a sparse use of representational space to investigate the emptiness of social constructs. Specifically, my work aims to raise questions about how gender-related expectations are defined and disrupted.

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