The Uncanny Lady M
Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth, a character whose gender inhibits the ferocity of her ambitions to do what must be done.
”Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here…”.
I wanted to explore the gendered gaze, and what would a combination of the male and female gaze look like?
So working with ideas of eroticism, gender and identity, I start with fantasy to give Lady Macbeth her wish [”Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here…” - Lady Macbeth, Act I, Scene 5.] - to untether her from her perceived weakness of a woman. Then from there, I re-imagine her as a cyborg queen: a post-human machine without the constraints of morality, class, race or gender. She is fierce and seductive, a disquieting beauty of pain and pleasure.
Grace Roselli is a New York based artist. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and was awarded the RISD scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Upon graduating with honors she was awarded a residency with the Empire State Studio program in New York City.
Her solo show ‘The Uncanny Lady M’ takes place this fall, october 2014, with the Mar Silver Gallery in Westport, Conneticut.
“Is The Room”, a book with photographs by Roselli and a collection of poems by Rosetta Jenning Ballew was recently published and released by Jaded Ibis Press.
Since 1991 Roselli has had solo exhibitions with Anita Friedman Fine Arts Gallery in New York City, and with the Pentimenti gallery in Philadelphia. Her work has also appeared in numerous group shows, with the most recent being the exhibition 'Coup de Chapeau' at the Gemeente Museum in the Netherlands.