Jodie Herrera’s figures stare back at their audience, their gazes penetrative, as they stand, nude and vulnerable. It’s not just their lack of clothing however, which leaves them exposed. Herrera’s ability to tell their own personal stories, triumphs and pitfalls that leave her figures revealed on the wooden background. However exposed they may be, the women she paints are strong, their posture dominating the surface, daring viewers to gaze upon them. They are more than whimsical imagery, as no figure is ever the same, each as unique as the model and her story.
Herrera’s effortless use of chiaroscuro translates her figures, bringing them to life and capturing their essence. The shadow play emphasizes the story of each woman, giving depth and revealing more about them as they come to life on their wooden surfaces. Her affinity for geometric designs adds a touch of magic and depth that give the paintings something extra. It demonstrates not just the models inner complexity, but also the complexity of people in general. Herrera has been able to do what most artist have yet to master, the ability to not just tell the story of an individual in a single frame, but really capture the essence of who they are, in her effortless imaginative style. Herrera is an emerging artist of the southwest and enjoys hearing from viewers.
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