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Lolita Develay

The paintings for Indulge were completed across a period of 3 years. The vision for them began much earlier than that. I grew up on a small farm in the desert, made mud pies and went on countless hikes to search for lizards. My sister would come up from Los Angeles, she smelled amazing, not like dust, and her clothes were always so fashionable.

I came to be fascinated with the way clothes define us, the politics behind them, how we choose to dress to influence the world’s perception of us. The clothes in these paintings represent an ultimate desire, for me they are status symbols of success. I am often at conflict with the ideas wrapped up in what constitutes success. In spite of this, I too am drawn in by the appeal of luxurious clothing, fantasies of a luxurious life.

These paintings embody my ultimate desire for lush surfaces, the luxury of time that is what allowed these paintings to be created. The reflect the precious commodity of time that along with my ability to Indulge myself, to revisit these paintings, to paint them until the surface satisfied my desires.

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