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Suzanne Vincent

Gallery Naga

In Suzanne Vincent’s recent exhibition, meticulous detail lends her familiar portraits and still lifes an eerie sense of metaphysical hyperreality. In a self-portrait, displayed in an antique-looking frame, entitled The Legend of St. Lucy I Can do it with my eyes Shut, 1990, Vincent portrays herself in a meditative pose, with hair cropped short in a monklike manner. As legend has it, St. Lucy plucked out her eyes in an act of martyrdom and she is often represented offering them in a dish. Here a heart-shaped amulet around the artist’s neck contains her open eye.

Vincent’s still lifes are collections of oddities painted with a sharp-focus precision reminiscent of Van Eyck. In Articulation, 1988, she displays the arabeque forms of a monkey skeleton intertwined with elegant red brocade drapery. Like all of Vincent’s creations, the image is both attractive and repulsive. The egg-and-dart frame

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