Although Audrey Flack began her career as an Abstract Expressionist painter, by 1964 she had embraced the Superrealist style which was just evolving. Characterized by its photographic precision and heightened state of reality, Superrealism relies on the camera, with its detached ability to freeze an image, as a technical aid. Through the use of the photograph and the choice of familiar objects as subject matter, the Superrealists monumentalize the commonplace.
Flack is known for her glossy, airbrushed paintings with intensely brilliant colors, meticulous attention to details, and myriad reflections. In the 1970s, she produced a group of work that was inspired by a Spanish polychromed sculpture of the Macarena Esperanza, the patron saint of Seville, by Luisa Ignacia Roldán (1656-1704). As with other Spanish Baroque "passion" art, the Macarena is ornately garbed and bejeweled; the tears signify her deep sorrow.
Christianity; devotion; religion; women
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