Flamboyant, feminist paintings by Mira Dancy that depict strong and liberated women

Yellow Harbor, 2019. Photo: Tim Doyon

Mira Dancy is a New York-based artist with a feminist-inspired approach. Her flamboyant, neo-expressionist paintings feature female figures, drawing on stories inspired by everything from Egyptian hieroglyphics, Greek mythology and advertising industry models.

Despite their sensual poses, the bodies of the women in question are never depicted as passive objects. Thanks to the use of vivid colours, Mira’s female subjects appear determined and combative. Her figures are truly liberated, strangely-proportioned and seemingly possessed with an ongoing desire to enter the viewers’ world, wrapping themselves around them, running through their veins.

"A jagged ray of golden light appears in several of my paintings," Mira remarks. "It makes me think of the brightness of a ray of sunshine that erupts from a knife’s cutting edge, slicing through the sky and time like a flashback. The action depicted in these paintings is set in different places in time and space which are nonetheless somehow conjoined, bathed in a shaft of iridescent light."

Her latest body of work, Sawblade to the Sun, goes on show at the Galerie Hussenot in Paris from 13 April until 1 June 2019. Discover more about Mira Dancy at www.miradancy.net.

Wood to Burn, 2019. Photo: Tim Doyon

Wood to Burn, 2019. Photo: Tim Doyon

Escape Plan, 2018. Photo: Tim Doyon

Escape Plan, 2018. Photo: Tim Doyon

Sleepless Planet, 2019. Photo: Tim Doyon

Sleepless Planet, 2019. Photo: Tim Doyon

Blue Reflection, 2019. Photo: Tim Doyon

Blue Reflection, 2019. Photo: Tim Doyon

Herfuel, 2018. Photo: Tim Doyon

Herfuel, 2018. Photo: Tim Doyon

Sawblade Sunrise, 2019. Photo: Tim Doyon

Sawblade Sunrise, 2019. Photo: Tim Doyon

Pink Pendulum / Morning Saw. Photo: Tim Doyon

Pink Pendulum / Morning Saw. Photo: Tim Doyon