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Right Clique

This series explores the world of elite high school girls.

My interest in this subject is highly personal: I attended an all-girls’ prep school in Los Angeles, and then later taught at a similar institution in Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs. Both schools were filled with students very much like those depicted in these images. As something of an outsider in both settings, I was simultaneously drawn to and alienated from these girls. I found and find so much to admire in them: they are smart, accomplished, poised, and beautiful in a natural – and seemingly effortless – way. At the same time, there is something foreign and mysterious in the uncomplicated confidence they appear to bring to their lives.

The source material from which these paintings are drawn is snapshots posted by the girls themselves on photo-sharing websites; they therefore represent not just moments in the lives of these young women, but also those images of their lives that they have chosen to make available for public viewing.

Summer
oil on panel
11"x14"
Best Friends
oil on panel
8"x10"
Tennis Camp
oil on panel
11"x14"
Eighteenth Birthday
oil on panel
8"x10"
Field Hockey
oil on panel
14"x11"
Three Girls
oil on panel
10"x10"
Soccer Finals
oil on panel
11"x14"
Back to School
oil on panel
9"x12"
Baseball Game
oil on panel
14"x11"
Game Day
oil on panel
11"x14"
Italy Trip
oil on panel
9"x12"
Lacrosse Players
oil on panel
11"x14"
End of the Year 1
oil on panel
14"x11"
Graduation 2
oil on panel
14"x11"
Sleeping on the Beach
gouache on paper
6.5"x8"
Camp Yale
gouache on paper
7"x8"
End of the Year 2
gouache on paper
6.5"x8"
Gelato
gouache on paper
8"x6.5"
Song
gouache on paper
6.5"x8"
Skiing
gouache on paper
6.5"x8"
Pre-Prom
gouache on paper
6.5"x8"
Early Evening
gouache on paper
8"x6.25"
Dinner Table
gouache on paper
6.5"x8"
Boutonniere
gouache on paper
8"x6.5"
Limousine
gouache on paper
6.5"x8"
Game
gouache on paper
6.5"x8"
Pre-Prom 2
gouache on paper
8"x6.5"
Spring Dance
gouache on paper
7.5"x8
Swim Meet
gouache on paper
6.25"x8"
Fort Myers
gouache on paper
6.5"x8"
Paris
gouache on paper
6.5"x8"
Dance Floor
gouache on paper
8"x6.5"
Graduation
gouache on paper
8"x6.5"
Dorm
gouache on paper
6.5"x7"