With allegations of sexual abuse hanging heavy over Hollywood, artist Ingrid V. Wells believes now is the time for artists to stand up and take action.
In a bold and affecting new series of works, the San Francisco-based painter directly responds to what she describes as, the "sad reality of the feminine spectacle", through an exhibition entitled Spectacle at Glass Rice in San Francisco.
She explains: "This new body of work investigates the absurd notion and sad reality of the feminine spectacle using miniature plasticine trinkets, painted as shiny still-lifes and inflated to grand proportions on the canvas.
"The over-the-top, sparkling works deliver a feminist message, commenting on the ridiculous pressure women face to remain charming, precious, and small while fighting for equality and respect. My goal is to provide a place of subtle reflection and to, ultimately, dismantle the patriarchy (in the sweetest way possible).
"I will also be presenting a series of 30 smaller works, taking notes from the lunacy of the The Stepford Wives. Pleasant and polite, this is a series that speaks to the need for women to actually be treated as people that deserve equal rights, equal healthcare, equal pay and equal representation in political office. No man-splaining, no lip-service, equality now.
"The paintings are small in size, and many in number to serve as a reminder that voices of underrepresented groups are stronger together. One small voice can soon become a chorus and now is the time to sing."
Spectacle: New Oil Paintings by Ingrid V. Wells runs from 10 November - 16 December 2017 at Glass Rice, San Francisco. See more of Ingrid's work at www.ingridvwells.com.
Main image: Put On A Happy Face, oil on canvas 24x36” 2017 | All images courtesy of Ingrid V. Wells