Absinthe Drinker

Brenda Chrystie's avatar Brenda Chrystie

"Absinthe Drinker" (after Degas) combines a provocative balance of meaning and mystery worth investigating. The canvas becomes a prison. The blue of the water becomes a promise of transformation. Self pity weighs heavily on her shoulders as her feet and swollen ankles float lazily. To accept and surrender? Or to cultivate fear, the preventative force feeding destruction? Time spent working with survivors of domestic violence and supporters of and advocates in the social justice movement informs my artwork and inspires me to focus on a feminist reframing of historical works of art. The faceless figure calls for identity, but little is given forcing the viewer to supplant themselves as the “other.” How would they be in the world at that particular moment? How would they feel as the object under scrutiny of the gaze? My work not only reflects poignant transformations in my life, it also emotes a subtle longing for a society that chooses to practice compassion, dignity and respect.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Width: 25 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 25 inches