Lady M., 2008, ink on canvas, 140 x 120 cm, courtesy of the Jourdan E. Krauss Collection, New York
The female figures that star in Michal Yaniv's paintings are dressed in leather apparel, decked in BDSM fetish gear and wear assorted masks. Their fetish-related actions are slightly ridiculed, with the artist wishing to sarcastically portray "strong" women who enjoy power and domination games which might ultimately be their undoing. They are superheroes of a fictional world dominated by aggressiveness, violence and sex. Thus, in A Quiet Dinner (2008) we see two figures - one bound in a kind of bio-mechanical hammock, the other "feeding," its mouth connected by a tube to the other figure's loins. The alienation and grotesque feeling in Lady M.
(2008) is achieved through the use of a familiar posture from portrait painting. The subject (a self-portrait?) is immortalized in ink on canvas in three-quarter profile, her upper body slanted sideways and her hand gently leaning on her thigh - like a Mona Lisa Dominatrix.
Born in Rishon LeZion, 1979; lives and works in Tel Aviv