Ria Brodell

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Self-Portrait as Freddie Mercury, circa 1985

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Self Portrait as Miami Vice Dude

Artist Ria Brodell aspired to don Freddy Mercury’s tight white jeans and signature ‘stache, and the Miami Vice Dude’s cool calypso-linen pantsuit rather than play princess or tea party. What I love most about her achingly sincere self-portraits posing as dubious icons of masculinity is the tangled web of complications it weaves. What does it mean for a queer woman to paint herself in goache as Carey Grant, a gay man playing a straight man in sexuality-restricted 1950′s Hollywood? Hmm….what do you guys think? Any of you boys rather play with Barbie than GI Joe’s?

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St. Anthony Finds G.I. Joe's Gun

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He-Man and St. Michael Find They Have a Lot in Common

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Self-Portrait as Gene Kelly

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Self-Portrait as Curly ("Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!")

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There is Nothin' Like a Dame

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A Picnic with Audrey Hepburn

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Three Way Crush


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