The Transformation, Oil on board, 14 x 11 inches

Lori Earley renders hyperrealistic portraits of otherworldly women, caught somewhere between Victorian times and a mythical landscape. Her signature subjects share long, sinuous necks and gaping eyes, their doll-like figures seemingly swallowing some source of intangible black magic. It comes as no great surprise that the artist, clearly intrigued by the unusual and occult, grew up down the street from an amusement park. Yet Earley's style also takes root in reality, stemming from her own personal battle with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects the collagen holding one's body together. The ailment causes Earley to feel elongated and stretchy in her own skin, an impression she translates onto the canvas with her spindly forms. The artist's Baroque muses dwell somewhere between the real and the surreal, where beauty and pain overlap in the shadows. 

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