Jennifer Campbell, The Good Citizens’ League, 2012

Campbell does not want us to read a specific narrative in her paintings, but rather, she prefers that we invent the story ourselves. She writes “Set in fictitious landscapes, these flickering vignettes involve characters cast from both the leisure class and the fringes of society. Comedy and tragedy mingle with satire and nonsense in ambiguous, yet suggestive narratives that call attention to the absurdity of human existence.”
In this scene the figures on the left are involved in inappropriate PDA while the figures on the bottom right are engaged in struggle. The couple at center stares off into space, paying no mind to the awful behavior of their peers. We are left wondering if the members of the Good Citizens’ League are indeed good citizens.

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