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Through her paintings, Celeste Rapone invokes the willing suspension of disbelief and the engagement of suspicion aligned along particular interests or ideas communicated to us by the characters she portrays. Initially conceived as coping mechanisms for a future as a failed painter, Rapone’s portraits now tap into consequences of exposure: humiliation, vulnerability, self-doubt and self-deprivation. Her autobiographical characters –most often women–are proxiesto her discomfort felt at new ideas and approaches, thedoubt in her own representation and object-making, her inability to mediate attentiononce exposedto it, and the abstract possibilities opened up and emphasized by these failures.

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
Clinger, 2019
Oil on canvas
84 x 60 in (213.4 x 152.4 cm)

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
Charmer, 2019
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
Four Eyes, 2019
Oil on canvas
32 x 36 in (81.3 x 91.4 cm)

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
Managing at Sports Clips, 2019
Oil on canvas
48 x 54 in (121.9 x 137.2 cm)

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
Home Studio, 2019
Oil on canvas
66 x 84 in (167.6 x 213.4 cm)

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
Angel, 2019
Oil on canvas
52 x 64 in (132.1 x 162.6 cm)
 

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
Fold, 2019
Oil on canvas
60 x 72 in (152.4 x 182.9 cm)

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
Room with a View, 2019
Oil on canvas
50 x 48 in (127.0 x 121.9 cm)

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
I've never done this before, 2019
Oil on canvas
30 x 26 in (76.2 x 66.0 cm)

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
Suck and Blow, 2019
Oil on canvas
46 x 52 in (116.8 x 132.1 cm)