SEANA BURDEN

BOOBOPOLLIS

For her Black Faun Gallery show, Seana’s dystopian paintings are set in “Boobopolis”, a city in the not too distant future where the human experience has been distilled down to an obsession with a narrowly defined and largely unattainable version of feminine beauty. The Boobopolis church preaches the objectification of women and the town is overseen by the fashion police. “They look like women who dress as sexy cops on Halloween.” Seana explains typical infractions in Boobopolis, “Women could get arrested for having too many wrinkles or for being overweight. Men are less vulnerable to arrest, but the Boobopolis Ministry of Health targets men as customers for Rogaine, penis enlargers and steroids.”

Seana’s inspiration comes from childhood experiences noticing women in the media who looked like Barbie dolls and were presented as the dominant beauty standard, to the current experiences of her and her friends. “A friend in her early 30’s visited a dermatologist who recommended that she use botox for the lines on her face. She ended up as a character in one of the pieces at a kiosk like the ones in the mall where people try to make you feel insecure about the way you look. It has a billboard that says ‘30 Is The New 60.’”

A standout feature of Seana’s work is her use of glitter. “I started using glitter in high school because it was available to me,” Seana explains, “I would use traditional mediums with a touch of glitter to add or enhance. I had an assignment to make a storybook, so I did a modern fairytale with a princess. How can you have a princess without glitter? I started using glitter then and eventually became known as a ‘glitter girl.’ In a lot of my artwork, I feel that there is always room for glitter. In some artwork glitter could be fairy dust. Someone else may read it, in this work in particular, as a symbol of excess and decadence.”

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

PASQUINADE
MARCH 2017