"As I was exploring the ideas of "Femme Fatale" I started thinking about the influence male-dominated society has played in determining what makes a woman, who she can be, and what she is allowed to do. In an homage to Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" I decided to depict the immaculate birth of one of my favorite recurring characters - Bat Girl. In this piece, Bat Girl appears in a giant shell, symbolizing the exquisite perfection of nature and woman's connection to it. A Fat Cat and an Egg-Head Flim Flam Man watch - not at all pleased standing next to a tortoise with the world on his shell (representing archaic thinking). Bat Girl's sisters come running to her side to welcome and protect her. Bat girl has arrived with no outside influences of pressures from the world she is entering and she represents organic, mysterious womanhood."
Mab Graves is a Contemporary Pop-Surrealist artist living and painting in a converted 1800’s tavern in a small corner of the dusty American Midwest
Her work is inspired deeply by Science, 60’s Space culture, fairy tales and old classic literature. She adores narrative and all her works have deep symbolism and stories.
Mab’s passion for creation has been an overwhelming obsession since she could grip a crayon. A self-taught artist, Mab spent her childhood and teen years exploring graphite and pen mediums and then discovered painting in early 2009.
Mab’s work has been shown is galleries globally and her work has appeared in print articles, magazines, books and has been sold in more than 56 countries.
She currently lives and works in Indianapolis, IN.
Collections: Femme to Femme Fatale: The Feminine in Contemporary Art, Mab Graves
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