Diamond in the Rough

“Although Myers still paints a single self-portrait ever year “as documentation of growing and maturing,” she now enlists friends as models to pose in her own bedroom. Her home studio on the Eastside is filled with aerial-view paintings of scantily clad, reclining girls wrapped in blankets or quilts, gazing out into space. Their surroundings are sparse, brightened by rugs, wallpaper, and bedding in clashing geometric prints. The women are often curled up into child-like poses, clutching their stomachs or their blankets in a protective way. There’s an introspective, intimate feel to each piece, with a sexual undercurrent.”

Words by: Erica Jackson Curran, Associate Editor, Charleston City Paper

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Karen Ann Myers