Ethos of Defacement
By Pete Milosovich
Transfigured representations of animals and human bodies, a menagerie depicted within
undefined space. Without beginning or end with regard to the visual context,
these forms; abstracted and distorted become a mere semblance
of the natural world torn free from conventional iconography.
The stylized versions of a cat, zebra bust, or the abstract
foregrounding of geometric shapes evoke an ethos of newly re-imagined icons,
created and explored by Ms. Bird, in her startling work. This myriad
collage of conflicting forms, i.e. the hovering of opaque triangles at the base
of a disfigured female body, with the head of a bengal tiger, emerge as
obliterated and reconstructed discordant parts
from a complex, overstated
world of mass interpretation.
The rearranging of forms seeks to subvert what we cannot
control, the fierce random design of our natural world.
This ethos of defacement represents a
mockery of savage innocence turned inside out.
oil paintings on distressed wood
(c) Pete Milosovich 2011 with permission from Margot Bird