Bunny Portia Memento Mori paintings are works from a series I began around my 60th birthday. This series explores several topics, including the passing of youth, and with it, the prevailing definition of female beauty. The starting point is my summer job during college as Bunny Portia. Depicting the passage from 19-year-old Playboy Bunny to Grandma with two hip implants, Memento Mori examines the cultural bias toward youth and idealized conceptions of beauty.


Bunny Portia in her studio applying titanium sponge to Momento Mori IV (Becoming Mortal).   March 2015

Bunny Portia in her studio applying titanium sponge to Momento Mori IV (Becoming Mortal).  
March 2015

 
 

PRESS

Interview with mplsart magazine by Juleana Enright
"Local painter Bunny Portia addresses ageism and feminism with her self-portraiture..."
http://www.mplsart.com/written/2017/08/artist-profile-bunny-portia/

 

CityPages
"Twisted Playboy Bunnies (and other art shows worth your time this week)" February 2017
http://www.citypages.com/arts/twisted-playboy-bunnies-and-other-art-shows-worth-your-time-this-week/413880493

 

StarTribune 2015 MN State Fair review by Mary Abbe
“Art of the state: Minnesota State Fair celebrates a host of talented artists”
http://www.startribune.com/art-of-the-state-minnesota-state-fair-celebrates-a-host-of-talented-artists/323107371/