“A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle:”
– Irina Dunn.
I was inspired to paint this series of 30″ x 22″ works in oil on paper roughly the same time I was working on the larger Tattooed Women series. All are dated 1998. For an explanation of the work click here. This witticism about men and women is often erroneously attributed to Gloria Steinem. You can learn about its derivation at A bit of her story: the definitive word on the origin!
Fish and Bicycle prints:
Below are a series of 6 giclée inkjet prints made from the Fish and Bicycle series of paintings. Each diptych is 11″ x 16.” Each are in limited editions of ten prints.
The Fish and Bicycle series employs a similar strategy as my Men at Work series. This time the subject matter includes both men and women (exhibited in pairs) representing a range of gender identities. The title is derived from Irina Dunn's witty statement (often erroneously attributed to Gloria Steinem), "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." The metaphoric use of a variety of bicycles and fish add layers - figuratively and literally - to the complex relationship between the figures when viewed collectively.
These works examine the nature of masculinity and femininity in a society where an all-pervasive concept of beauty and power permeates popular culture and art in ways that create self-perpetuating societal myths. With these paintings I beg the question: “Just what is male and female?”