Lady of the Lake

Alizey Khan

Charleston, United States

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“Lady of the Lake,” acrylic on canvas, 12″x36″.

The idea I had behind the painting: there are several pieces of art owned by numerous members of my family that feature scenes that, when you stare at them for long enough, turn out to be figures. I’ve always loved that- the sort of secret recognition you feel when you understand a painting really well and can see hidden meanings in it. I wanted to capture that feeling in a work, and wanted to do a female figure; when viewing a series of landscape photographs I noticed the sinuous curves of mountains and how they related to the figure, so I decided to create a piece that is a mountain-and-lake scene at first glance, but reveals itself to be a female figure upon extended perusal, after which you always see the figure.
Having shown this piece to a number of people I’ve discovered it to be more of a Rorschach test for gender or sexuality, of sorts: men tended to see the woman (and her ample rear) first and landscape afterwards, while women tended to see the landscape first and woman afterwards. I like that there’s room for different opinions!

I did a Work In Progress blog on this painting’s evolution so far here at my website: http://alizeykhan.com/index/2011/09/studio-diar...

This is the picture I used as reference: http://alizeykhan.com/index/wp-content/uploads/...

Visit my site for more info: http://alizeykhan.com

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