From The Huffington Post:\r\n
We came across Sarah Ferguson's \"Hillary & I\" series a while back, and marveled at the coy and arresting paintings of the Secretary of State. We just never thought of Hillary in that way before. But after \"Texts from Hillary\" we began to seriously consider the multiple facets of this dynamic woman. And then we saw the Buzzfeed article, where a nude Hillary gazed down upon us from a lonely New York apartment window. Where did this come from? And who would paint such a thing? We had to ask the artist about it. Sarah Ferguson was there to answer our queries.\r\n
HP: First, what made you decide to paint Hillary in the nude? Do you view her gaze as confrontational or merely self-possessed?\r\n
SF: It was a photo of Hillary that I found on Getty Images that pre-figured the painting. She was staring directly at the camera in this deadpan way. It was a naked expression and it needed a body to go with it. So I collaged some photos of body parts from different woman. I make lots of collages, but this one had to be painted, I mean, it had to be made real in the way that paint can make illusions real. I think her expression in the painting is one of self-possession and confrontational only because it’s not easy like a seduction. She’s not asking for our approval. She’s not eroticized at all. She is just standing there, silently demanding, “Take me as I am, baggage and all.”... (continue reading and more images)
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