Microwave popcorn, bubblegum, Coca-Cola. Romina Ressia’s (b. 1981) portraits combine elements of contemporary culture with classical references. The works juxtapose modern-day props with tropes of 19th century painting, offering a humorous and thought-provoking critique of consumer culture and the representation of women.
Charting how contemporary society has evolved through historical reference, each image blends the influence of painters Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Velazquez with icons of Pop Art. The Age of Decadence is Ressia’s first solo exhibition, taking place at The House of Fine Art, London.
The exhibition runs 5-19 June. Find out more here.
Lead image: Romina Ressia, Double Bubble Gum.