JD Raenbeau

Region: MFA Annual

Website: http://www.jdraenbeau.com

City / State: Brooklyn, NY

The My Little Pony is a nostalgic object that has compelled me to tell real and imagined stories of my personal past, present, and future. I create hybrid characters and alter egos that are products of repressed desires and fantasies. Contemporary painting motifs and ideologies are juxtaposed with those from history to create elaborate and delicate play worlds that float, burst, and drip with flashy pop colors and candied sparkle.

My paintings are pieces of a larger art practice. They fuse with performative videos, photographs, and installation to form my body of work. With irony and humor, I challenge harmful gender binaries, question transgression, explore what it means to be abject, and potentially change my viewers’ sensibilities.