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Oil on Linen
33.5" x 29.5"
This work The Bruise by Lisa Carter is a brutally honest self-reflection.
She is presenting herself to the viewer Naked not Nude.
By naked, she means with all the flaws, not in a flattering pose with soft lighting
and a romantic setting as with a traditional nude painting.
But without make up, her chipped nail polish, her age lines, scars, body fat and bruise;
sparing no details and replete with naturalistic nuance.
In this self-portrait she wants to give you one freeze frame in her life
and for the painting to provoke questions from you.
Why is she so bent and bowed in the shadow?
Is she strong and confident or is she angry, tired or knowing?
Is she covering herself or examining herself?
What is the significance to the fading yet still visible bruise?
In this painting as with all her portraiture, she is not only trying to portray an accurate
image of the subject, but to delve a little deeper than the surface paint.