I Throw Myself at Men
I am, at the moment, part projectile and part foolish romantic. These images are documents of a hopeful and violent gesture, a demand that the possibility of a connection exist. The men often look terrified or at least slightly surprised. My role as aggressor is clear and I think my leaps acknowledge the basic human desire for contact.
To date, there have been no major injuries.
Lilly McElroy was raised in a small town in Southern Arizona where she spent a lot of time at rodeos. She won a few ribbons and once sold a sheep for a decent price. She was formally educated at The University of Arizona, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The time spent at those institutions lead to her unabashed interest in the cliché and the literal as well a her often misguided attempts at making authentic connections. It should be noted that Lilly has little to no interest in irony.
McElroy’s work has been featured in Artslant, Art on Paper, Modern Painters, shape + colour, SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, The Wall Street Journal, Elle Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Year in Pictures by James Danziger as well as featured on NPR. She is represented by Thomas Robertello Gallery in Chicago, IL. www.lillymcelroy.com. | www.thomasrobertello.com