My paintings reflect the feminine spectacle. The over-the-top, sparkling works deliver a feminist message, commenting on the ridiculous lengths that women must go to in order to achieve equality and respect. Pageantry, celebrity, and fanfare often find themselves in my work. In my new series, the paintings reflect miniature plastic trinkets, painted as shiny still lifes and inflated to grand proportions on the canvas. The images provoke a bizarre, almost suffocating encounter between viewer and the enlarged, gendered objects, depicted in variations of luscious pink on the canvas. Taken individually the trifles are cute and delightful, but clustered into a candied extravaganza, the image’s complexity deepens and the sugary mass of artificial happiness overwhelms. This line of inquiry speaks to the pressure of maintaining the ideal woman’s voice as charming, precious, and small. Together this work aims to provide a place of subtle reflection and ultimately to dismantle the patriarchy (in the sweetest way possible).
Ingrid V. Wells has been painting for close to a decade, having shown nationally and internationally at such venues as the CICA Museum in South Korea and the Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe. Wells earned a BFA in Painting from Arizona State University in 2010 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. Her work fancies the fantastic and humorous in theme and the charming, the kitschy, and the celebrity in subject. Wells’s paintings investigate the world of gendered consumerism and the ethics of fascination. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Daily Mail, BUST Magazine, and Teen Vogue, among other publications. Wells currently lives and works in San Francisco.