Rainbow palette
Kimmy Quillin + Disco Hot Tub
Folds and Purple PG
Purple PG and Dakota Pink
Jackpot studio
Dakota Pink
8008 (Dakota)
Jackpot
Jackpot & Kimmy
Bootyfull (Alex)
$Pussy
Rainbow Zoloft
Crease
Rainbow Cowgwrl (Alex)
Rainbow Dakota
Rainbow Expecting
Rainbow Zoloft study
Rainbow Alex 2
Rainbow Alex 1
Rainbow Butterfly
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Since March 2020, the host of the Embodiment Sessions, Alex Schmidt a.k.a Body Confidence, has led her audience through a months-long exploration as the model for her twice-weekly life drawing sessions. Shucking a traditional model-as-muse role, Schmidt has actively pushed the boundaries of her practice through her representation on screen (fishermxn, Lisa Lyon, Nancy Spungen, Cicciolina, ballerinx, cowboigorl, etc). Along the way, she has educated her attendees about body positivity vs body neutrality, model as artist, donations vs investments, and a slew of other topics both personal and political. Coupled with other empowerment-forward online life drawing sessions, including Lauren Gerrie x Lindsey Adelman and the Good Move Life Draw, these sessions have allowed me to take part in progressive circles of people across the globe multiple times a week. 

 

The magnetism of the resulting drawings pushed the figures from side-practice to the center of my paintings. Drawing from the strength of the models, an iconography emerged with its own corporeal vocabulary. The colossal nature and dynamic lines of the figures call for a brighter-than-life palette, simultaneously saluting the colors representing the LGTBQIA+ community, who are often the subject of these works. The rainbow portraits are bold, weighty, epic, archetypal, grounded, confrontational and assured. As a series, they crystallize the desirable characteristics that are hardest to conjure personally at this moment.

PAPER + CANVAS

Rings
Rings

16x12 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Rings (detail)
Rings (detail)

16x12 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Shin Modern
Shin Modern

24x18 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Shin Modern (detail)
Shin Modern (detail)

24x18 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Disco Hot Tub (detail)
Disco Hot Tub (detail)

48x36 inches Acrylic gouache on canvas 2021

Disco Hot Tub
Disco Hot Tub

48x36 inches Acrylic gouache on canvas 2021

Purple PG (detail)
Purple PG (detail)

18x24 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Purple PG
Purple PG

18x24 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Folds and Purple PG
Folds and Purple PG

24x18 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Folds
Folds

24x18 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Purple PG + Dakota Pink
Purple PG + Dakota Pink

24x18 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Dakota Pink
Dakota Pink

24x18 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Crease
Crease

16x12 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Crease
Crease

16x12 inches Acrylic gouache on paper 2021

Jackpot detail
Jackpot detail

48x60 inches Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on cotton canvas 2021

Jackpot
Jackpot

48x60 inches Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on cotton canvas 2021

8008 (Dakota) detail
8008 (Dakota) detail

30x40 inches Acrylic on canvas 2020

8008 (Dakota)
8008 (Dakota)

30x40 inches Acrylic on canvas 2020

FURTHER READING

  • Alex Schmidt aka Body Confidence / Embodiment Sessions / Mon 2p Wed 8p ET (see calendar)

  • Good Move Life Draw / Alternating Sat 5p ET

  • Lauren Gerrie x Lindsey Adelman Sip ’n Sketch 'n Zoom Sessions / Fri 6p ET

  • Grayson Perry: Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Girl per Basha Harris / jewelry, poetry and model

  • Dakota Bouher / movement and model

  • Bojack Horseman / S1 E11 "Downer Ending", S3 E4 "Fish Out of Water"

  • Long Strange Trip Grateful Dead documentary by Amir Bar-Lev

  • Peter Saul "Crime and Punishment" retrospective presented by the New Museum