Paula Rego - Grooming (1994)
I'm trying to learn to understand Paula Rego's art. What in her grotesque, almost repulsive, human forms appeals to people? Is it some kind of subconscious empathy?
All I know is that I could never share a house with one of her works...
"In her paintings, Paula Rego has always shown us the grotesque, the things we might not choose to see. And she has never shrunk from describing the gothic details of her own life. These are the stories - and others, from Genet to the Bible - that are transformed in her art. Painting, she says, is more truthful than life - it all comes out". This interview by Suzie Mackenzie (published in the Guardian in 2002) is very insightful.