Girlhood is the topic upon which Deborah Hamon trains her lens and her paintbrush. Hamon will often take photographs of neighbourhood girls or daughters of friends between the ages of eight and thirteen in various roles and groups, then use these as the basis for highly detailed, almost hyperrealist paintings. Then she Photoshops parts of the paintings onto different backgrounds to change the scene. The new reality may not be far from the actual one, but the invention gives the result a more universal, less specific feel. After all, girlhood is a universal state that affects everyone in different ways.
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Artist: Deborah Hamon