Online Art Exhibit Explores Fantasy, Violence and the Female Body

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Through Thursday, March 4, 2021, the Valencia College Anita S. Wooten Gallery presents “Faun Manne: Tattoo Me!,” an online exhibit that explores themes of fantasy, violence and the female body.

“This series is largely concerned with the inner workings of men’s fantasies about women,” Manne said about her work. “It came about while browsing in a bookstore, where I found a wonderful, colorful and well illustrated Pulp Art book from the 1940s. While entranced with the quality of art, I began to realize the portraits of women were very demeaning. They concerned men’s sexual fantasies about women, which were disturbing in their violent nature. Women, always beautiful and mostly half naked, were pictured being beaten, tortured and terrified in the most disturbing ways.”

Manne, a fashion designer and fashion illustrator who turned her hand back to her first love of art, added, “I went about a method of showing this dark side of sexual fantasies. I chose to depict the women as completely unaware of the effect they were having on men, as a woman certainly cannot fathom the depths of the male mind. I decided to stylize the women as though they were models from fashion magazines, as models are, for the most part, advertising sexuality. I decided the women must wear the illustrated fantasies as if they were garments, thus clothed in depravity.”

Carlye Frank, professor, art, and gallery curator added, “Faun Manne’s work fascinates and disturbs, in equal measure. Manne’s figures mimic and mock the figures depicted in early 20th century pulp magazines and novels — the beguiling, unsettling blankness of the painted faces calls out the exaggerated fear and vacant desire in the vintage drawings upon which they are based and built.”

To view the exhibit, click here. Please note that this exhibition contains depictions of nudity and adult themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

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