Muse (2009-Present)

A series of collaborative works with photographer Niki Grangruth, Muse explores non-traditional concepts of beauty, gender, and the gaze. Each piece references and takes inspiration from iconic works from art history and inverts the traditional art-historical male artist/female subject relationship. Additionally, Muse explores gender expression outside of our common male/female binary construct.

Girl with a Pearl Earring [After Vermeer], 2009
Girl with a Pearl Earring (after Vermeer), 2009
Girl with a Pearl Earring [After Vermeer], 2009
Birth of Venus [after Botticelli], 2009
Birth of Venus (after Botticelli), 2009
Birth of Venus [after Botticelli], 2009
Odalisque [After Ingres], 2009
Odalisque (after Ingres), 2009
Odalisque [After Ingres], 2009
The Valpinçon Bather [After Ingres], 2010
The Valpinçon Bather (after Ingres), 2010
The Valpinçon Bather [After Ingres], 2010
Olympia [After Manet], 2009
Olympia (after Manet], 2009
Olympia [After Manet], 2009
Magie Noire [After Magritte], 2012
Black Magic (after Magritte), 2012
Magie Noire [After Magritte], 2012
Portrait of Madame X [After Singer Sargent], 2013
Portrait of Madame X (after Sargent], 2012
Portrait of Madame X [After Singer Sargent], 2013
Ophelia [After Millais], 2014
Ophelia (after Millais], 2013
Ophelia [After Millais], 2014
A Bar at the Folies-Bergére (after Manet), 2015
A Bar at the Folies-Bergére (after Manet), 2015
A Bar at the Folies-Bergére (after Manet), 2015
Whistler's Mother (after Whistler), 2015
Whistler's Mother (after Whistler), 2015
Whistler's Mother (after Whistler), 2015
Annunciation (after Botticelli), 2015
Annunciation (after Botticelli), 2015
Annunciation (after Botticelli), 2015

 

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Birth of Venus (c.1486), by Sandro Botticelli

View the works from art history that inspired the Muse series.

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Muse: Niki Grangruth & James Kinser

SurfaceDesign200Originally published as a feature article in the Spring 2016 edition of Surface Design Journal, Muse: Niki Grangruth and James Kinser chronicles the origins and evolution of our ongoing collaboration as well as insights into our process.

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