Dana Nechmad

Region: Midwest

Website: http://www.dananechmad.com

City / State: Chicago, IL

My paintings focus on the power of the body and its sexuality, a subject that dominates both the personal and the social spheres. I use imagery from my own seductive/repulsive fears and fantasies, and work with vivid colors and gestural marks. However, my fascination is not with the beauty of the flesh but with the emotion it arouses.

The materiality of the mark-making emphasizes the corporeal aspect of my work; the images appear to be dripping down a slippery surface that moves them from the metaphoric realm to reality. My images allude to a nightmare that creeps into the conscious surface for a brief moment, like a sickening display of sweetness.