Meredith’s 31st Birthday (2013)

Meredith’s 31st Birthday  looks at ideas around class, aging and beauty as they relate to the social performance of birthday parties and dinner parties. Well into adulthood the guests seem to be acting out what a sophisticated dinner party might be like, trying out the role of becoming middle aged and leaving behind their youth. The painted study, drawings and finished painting each take the composition from the source material and divide it into four panels. Each panel acts as a portrait, containing four images of the same figure, exploring the various personae of each guest.