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Mastectomy for Rodarte from the series Fashion

© Peregrine Honig

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© Peregrine Honig

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Peregrine Honig

American, born 1976

Mastectomy for Rodarte from the series Fashion, 2007

watercolor, ink, and paint on paper

sheet: 11 1/8 x 10 1/16 inches (28.26 x 25.56 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Arthur B. Michael, Charles Clifton and Norman E. Boasberg Funds, by exchange, 2007

2007:30.3

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Inscriptions

stamp / lower left / June 28, 2007
signature / lower right / Peregrine Honig

Class

Paintings
Drawings

Work Type

Watercolor (painting)
Painting (visual work)
Drawing (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

At first, Peregrine Honig’s illustrations of young, slender, and rosy-cheeked women appear to be harmless and even adorable. On closer inspection, their unfortunate circumstances become apparent, and their beauty is counteracted by the ugly realities they face. This juxtaposition is for Honig a way to critique how society finds contemporary issues “much more captivating when the victim is portrayed as a modelesque woman,” as the artist has commented.

Honig has worked with the image of the fashion model or pin-up before and considers the figure a darker part of American pop culture’s portrayals of women. In the “Fashion” series, the artist has more readily embraced dark humor. The fashion-forward women are depicted in poses that could be taken directly from any fashion magazine, their various maladies reduced to another marketable brand. 

Label from Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One: Humor and Satire from the Collection, November 19, 2016–March 19, 2017

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