Mattea Perrotta (b. 1990, Lives and works in LA) explores in her paintings highly personal thematic content involving the unconscious, sexual desire, and the female body. These themes draw on events in her childhood for which she considered making art a therapeutic process. Through her use of abstract form Perrotta’s work deals with notions of universal balance, childishly juxtaposing a painting practice conventionally considered male or female. For example, her use of rough textures and underpainting most strongly associated with masculinity to soft biomorphic forms suggestive of femininity. Her latest additions of cardboard studies of her father as a body builder further explore the human body of a male subject seen through a female gaze.