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Will Cotton’s painting of Elle Fanning, “Icing” (2014)
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Museum of Art Candyland fantasias


Depicting women as edibles is a dicey proposition, no matter how beautifully they’re painted. A new exhibition running to June 5th at the Orlando Museum of Art shows the work of New York artist Will Cotton, whose stock in trade is images of nubile girls dressed in pastry, whipped cream, and candy. This could easily offend. Some might think it sexist to portray women as empty creatures obsessed with empty calories. Or, seeing the sets and costumes Cotton designed for Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” video, they might just be grossed out by the whipped-cream-squirting bra. And yet, the way Cotton creates his Candyland fantasias is undeniably rigorous. He bakes the pastry in his studio; he builds the cotton candy clouds …
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