Paul Gauguin was a French artist with Peruvian heritage who sought erotic adventures in Polynesia.
BEATRICE GLOW is an American artist with Taiwanese heritage married to a Frenchman.
Gauguin spent a part of his childhood in Peru, and later on self-mythologized as a savage.
Glow returned to New York after a few years in Peru and became a Tarot Card Reader.
Gauguin has made work in the Asia Pacific region, specifically the Marquesa Islands and Tahiti.
Glow has made work in Asian Latin America, specifically in Peru, Argentina and Chile.
In an ongoing series I paint as the character Apprentice of the Ghost of Gauguin to unpack the social imaginaries of the romantic other. Gauguin and I are in dialogue due to our overlapping geobiographies: He was a French artist with Peruvian heritage who sought erotic adventures in Polynesia and painted in the Asia Pacific region. I am an American artist with Asian Pacific heritage married to a Frenchman and have lived and worked in Peru. As the Apprentice character, I use student-grade paint mixed to match the colors from the Colonial Color Palette.
March 2015, Acrylic on birchwood canvas, 4 in. x 4 in. x 1.5 in. each
In an on-going investigation on the relationship between color, language and the imaginary, I collect commercial paint chips whose color names are imbued with western-centric exoticism. I then painted these colors on small wooden canvases. Deceivingly apolitical at first glance, this color library catalogues by skin color, tropical obsession, trade and commodities, adventure and conquest, and archaeological exploits. My favorite color names include Colonial White, Pure White, Vanilla Tan, Grass Skirt, Mayan Treasure, Romantic Isle, Treasure Isle, Aloha, Sailor’s Eyes, Sugar & Spice, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Molasses, and Nutmeg. As my color library grows, it has become a glossary that I reference in other bodies of work that critique this western-centric gaze.