Essay on Analysis Of Marilyn Minter 's ' Big Girls '

732 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 3 Pages
Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty features over 25 paintings made between 1976 and 2013, three video works and several photographs that explore culture’s complex relationship to beauty and the feminine body. The exhibition is organized by time period, demonstrating the depth of Minter’s critical examination, which predominantly focuses on fashion, beauty and celebrity culture. Pretty/Dirty illustrates Minter’s evolution from a young critic, documenting domestic life, to an established media savvy cultural producer. Marilyn Minter’s piece titled Big Girls (Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, 2015) represents our culture’s views of feminine beauty.
The style of these paintings can be compared to artwork during the 1960’s. For instance, the dotted pattern, known as Ben-Day dots (from gallery wall text, exhibition Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, MCA Denver) was a pop art convention that mimicked newspaper and magazine printing techniques. However, Minter uses more black and white to show the Ben-Day dots pattern. Minter paints us an image of a young girl looking in the mirror at “Sophia Loren anxiously peering at Jayne Mansfield’s voluptuous figure spilling out of her dress” (Minter, 25). In contrast, the background image is a solid black and red picture.
Minter uses implied lines to direct the viewer 's’ point of interest within the artwork. The implied lines are the threading in Sophia’s dress which is seen as she is bent over which directs focal point of interest. The use of the very…

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