Huntress is the name of the new collection of paintings by Elisa Johns, who highlights mythical heroines by placing them in a contemporary context of high fashion. Icons such as Judith, Diana, Athena and Nike, Johns dresses and poses them as celebrities in a fashion spread. The paintings are spare, often composed vertically to draw the eye down, in a style not far from Chinese pen and ink drawings. The women are very much in control, whether drawing a bow and arrow, relaxing with a lioness or seated by a severed head.
Artist: Elisa Johns
Huntress runs through May 8, 2010 at Mike Weiss Gallery in New York.
Diana and the Lioness
Diana and the Stag
Judith and the Head of Holofernes