Joan Semmel

Shifting Images

2006–13

Transitions, 2012

Oil on canvas

70h x 90w in (177.80h x 228.60w cm)

Ghost, 2009

Oil on canvas

48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)

The Unchosen, 2011

Oil On Canvas

72h x 50w in (182.88h x 127w cm)

Unveiling, 2011

Oil On Canvas

48h x 48w in (121.92h x 121.92w cm)

Triple Play, 2011

Oil on canvas

60h x 48w in (152.40h x 121.92w cm)

Transformations, 2011

Oil On Canvas

60h x 48w in (152.40h x 121.92w cm)

Description

In Shifting Images (2006—13), Joan Semmel paints her body in motion. Layered and blurred compositions, these works suggest instability, movement, and the passage of time; in Semmel’s words, “[they] seem to reference the anxious moments of personal lives, as well as … visualize the inevitability of aging.” Ultimately, reflecting on this and other recent series, Semmel expands, “In a culture so driven by youth, but due to suddenly be overtaken by the baby boomer generation in old age, it seems essential to address our expectations and priorities. If we are lucky we will be old some day. Age cannot be denied as part of the human spectrum. My work … has tried to acknowledge and address some of these feelings for myself and others.”