“Despite what you see in TV commercials, women don’t wear full makeup when cleaning the tub,” she said with a laugh.
While Lockheart’s satirical approach to art emphasizes outward appearances, Woods’ pieces are, literally, much more inward-looking.
“I call my art imaginary biology because I study MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) images,” Woods explained. “I’m interested in how our physical health relates to our environment, gender roles and society in general.”
Another unique aspect of his art is the fact that his models are nude, faceless and, apparently, transparent.
“I want the audience to see themselves in my paintings,” Woods said of his colorful and graphic work.
Although she has painted her entire life, Woods has only been exhibiting her work in earnest for a few years.
“It is more difficult for women to pursue an artistic career than for men,” she admitted. “Women are supposed to raise families, not make art.”
Lockheart agreed that there is a gender gap in the arts.
“According to a 2019 study, only 12.5% of artists presented in major museums are women,” she said. “We have to find a way to correct this statistic.”
Indeed, leveling the playing field is a big part of Lockheart’s art.