Super-Impossibly Great Trompe L’oeil Easily Removed, 2017
Rose Frantzen (American, b. 1965)
Oil on linen
On loan from the artist.
The super logo in pink is an impossible shape that could not exist in a three-dimensional form. As the viewer’s eyes move from corner to corner, the shape is accepted as legitimate. The word “great” appears to be real tape applied to the canvas, but it is simply paint.
How does the perception of this young girl change when paired with the portraits of multiple figures much older than her? How are the identities of youth molded and shaped by the adults in their lives who wish for them to achieve greatness?