Hazel Dooney
> 2013 TEN DICTA FOR YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE ARTISTS
> 2012 KILL/JOY
> 2012 VENUS IN HELL REDUX
> 2011 THE FLESH EATERS
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> 2010 AMANDA PALMER ALBUM
> 2009 THE IF... STENCILS
> 2009 YES/NO STENCILS
> 2009 PRECIOUS BLOOD
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> 2008 COWBOY BABES
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> 2001 TOO MUCH NEVER ENOUGH
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> 2000-2013 CAREER BABES
> 2000 FILM STILLS
> 2000 POLA AUTO-EROTICA
> 1999 ACCOUTREMENTS OF DESIRE
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> 1998 ULTRA VIOLET ONE
> 1998 FASHION TARGETS BREAST CANCER
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> 1997 STREET ART
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> 1996 EARLY PAINTING
> 1995 HOMOGENEOUS BABES
Precious Blood, No. 1 (detail)
Precious Blood, No. 2
Precious Blood, No. 3 (detail)

2009 PRECIOUS BLOOD

The Precious Blood series was inspired by my fascination with the more
baroque, set-piece rituals of Roman Catholicism and the reverent
portraits of female saints – typically chaste, showing only veiled head
and shoulders – that  once inspired Frida Kahlo. Through rough sketches
based on a series of Polaroid self-portraits I shot in 2000, I began
re-imagining these images with me in the tense but faintly erotic grip of
an ecstatic holiness.

The resulting paintings were executed on hand-crafted 1.0m x 1.5m timber
boards, with the same figure – somewhat flat in perspective, in the manner
of the 15th century painter, Piero Della Francesca – on the same pale pink
background, black rosary beads entwined in her fingers, a suggestive smear
of blood at the edge of her pale lips. The repetition reinforces a cinematic
impression while also reflecting the convention of early religious painting in
which the portrayal of a particular saint were often very similar – if not
exactly the same – even from artist to artist.

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