Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s Audio Guide Playlist
Joyce Pensato: Mickey was very important to me.
Narrator: Joyce Pensato.
Joyce Pensato: You know, to own it. To make it my own. Even though it’s a familiar face, or familiar shape. I love—it started with, I love the form of it as an abstraction. And I wanted to make it not like a cartoon, so to give it more—I think of it like Edvard Munch or something, it’s very expressive, and it has a lot of emotion in it, rather than a happy Mickey.
Narrator: This was one of Pensato’s first paintings of Mickey Mouse. She’s become best known for these rough, stark paintings of cartoon characters—and she says they helped her find her path as an artist.
Joyce Pensato: Before, my drawings were these cartoon guys, and the paintings went abstract, because I couldn’t hold onto it. The paintings looked like everybody else’s abstract painting at that time. It didn’t have a personal touch. It was—when I did that Mickey it was really exciting for me, I discovered something. I just wanted to do tons of Mickeys at that point. And to take the images that I loved doing and try to accept who I was, rather than trying to be this painter.
- 800 Introduction to Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s
- 801 Julia Wachtel, Membership, 1984
- 802 Kenny Scharf, When the Worlds Collide, 1984
- 804 Terry Winters, Good Government, 1984
- 805 Elizabeth Murray, Druid, 1979
- 806 Joyce Pensato, Reclining Glove, 1983
- 807 Joyce Pensato, Untitled, 1992
- 808 Andrew Massullo, 1667, 1988
- 809 David Wojnarowicz, Fear of Monkeys/Evolution, 1988
- 810 David Salle, Sextant in Dogtown, 1987
- 811 Robert Colescott, The Three Graces: Art, Sex and Death, 1981
- 811-2 Robert Colescott, The Three Graces: Art, Sex and Death, 1981
- 812 Leon Golub, White Squad I, 1982
- 813 Eric Fischl, A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island, 1983