When I first ran across the paintings of Jordan Piantedosi I was really having trouble nailing down how to define them. Her central female figures are made from a smattering of color in all kinds of shapes… and sometimes interwoven into the mix are playful elements like Can-Can dancers, seashells and superheros. Where does such work fit when there’s so much going on at once? It helped me out a lot when I found out Piantedosi considers herself a “maximalist” painter, which as you’d guess is the exact opposite of a “minimalist” painter. For Jordan Piantedosi it’s “more, more, more!”
Now that we know where she’s coming from style-wise, we can leave all that behind… her work is fascinatingly detailed and beautiful to behold. Her color combinations are outstanding, often defying logical color wheel choices in her pursuit of “more.” She explained her choices to Unknown Editors earlier this month: “I like bright colors, like sweets, and I’d like to have a more sophisticated palette, but I’m too self-indulgent when choosing colors sometimes.” Lucky for us, these sweets go down very well.
Piantedosi works largely in oil, acrylic, and gouache, but sometimes uses mixed media elements or has been known to paint a skull or two. She also creates the web comic Perfect Stars, as well as raps under the alias Mermaid Machine. You can see more from this prolific artist at themermaidmachine.tumblr.com.
Jordan Piantedosi at the Sneaker Museum with columns she painted. Photo by Zach Lanoue.