Summertime Blues

July 23, 2021

Size (h w d): 60 x 48 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Status: Available
Price: $3700

This painting features the character Betty Draper from the TV series Mad Men. Madison says, "I find her character to be a quintessential example of the mid-century American housewife and the internal struggles women of that period endured."

In this particular moment we find her unhinged, all of her repressed depression (her “blues”) and anger bubbling up to the surface as she points her gun toward the sky. The candle flame bifurcates the composition representing this undressed rage within Betty, the intense dissatisfaction that has accumulated due to her circumstances and inability to have any kind of independent fulfillment or self-actualization. The plastic yard flamingos, a pervasive symbol of post-war optimism, are melting and contorting, analogous to Betty’s failure to maintain her rosy façade.

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