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In today’s society, social media is the main influence on young women. There are endless makeup tutorials that show how to get perfect porcelain skin and fitness influencers who motivate girls to do more squats so their butts can be as big as the Kardashians. Young women are growing up believing that they must look and act a certain way to be attractive and desirable. I am here to tell you this is not the case.

“The Ordinary Woman” series consists of five self-portraits that challenge modern ideals of female beauty and shed light on finding joy and acceptance in everyday life. These paintings show the five basic functions of life which are moments that are not considered social media worthy but still make us who we are. They are portrayed to give the viewer an inclusive look into moments that most people do not share with others based on being uncool or unpopular. These daily functions connect us as humans and are shared human experiences. This gives the viewer a chance to self-reflect and examine their own lives.

Getting inspiration from artists like Alice Neel, Chantal Joffe, and Jenny Saville, I use a loosely gestural and expressive style that results in an abstracted figure. I use acrylic wash and apply it in layers to add depth to the painting. Each piece is on raw canvas which allows for the medium to flow and speak freely. This shows proof of my process and immediacy of the work.


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19 Jul 2022
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    • © 2019 Sadie Mincey, All Rights Reserved

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    19 July 2022

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    • Acrylic on Canvas