Cast of Women (An Artist’s Selects)

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Paul Gauguin traveled to Panama before visiting Tahiti, and left soon after, sick and impoverished. Cast of Women (An Artists Selects) is a collection of portraits and collages based on my fantasies of the work Gauguin might have made while in Panama; in the works his search for muse, “primitive” life and racial purity as described in his book Noa Noa in a diverse Caribbean topography are imagined. Gauguin’s desire to create his own identity influenced by Darwinian ideology, drives these pictures along with my fantasies of his model’s psychological transformation resulting from contact with the artist. Cast of Women is an exploration of what might have been the stories of the women who were his subjects in Panama.