Angela Hoener Artist

By using painting’s trace of time and contemplating the traditional, I call into question a deeper investigation of the enigmatic nature of Identity. I am suggesting a behavioral-historical context.

My paintings induce a shift of stepping into a painting. The impression becomes an inside-out figuration much like entering a portal. By using clothing apparel or fashion cues within the canvas, I am dressing the viewer. The viewer becomes a cross-dresser.

Garment fashion or costume considers the many relationships between gender identity, class, profession, ethnicity, nationality, activity, functionality, politics, economy, and/or technology. Clothing—in addition to being necessary, sometimes fun, and always interesting—is about power. Clothing is deeply symbolic. A highly visible cultural custom, it is used to establish, break, merge and redefine tradition or that which we think of as normalicy.