Kiki Kogelnik’s paintings from the 1970s, including Superwoman, engaged with feminist perspectives on the representation of women’s bodies. In particular, she addressed the body’s ubiquity in advertising.
With characteristic deadpan humor, Kogelnik drew her figures in an imposing, larger-than-life scale. The hard-edged outline of Superwoman against a monochrome background makes her appear powerful yet two-dimensional, akin to a cartoon or comic book character....
Superwoman is likely a self-portrait. Kogelnik often wore flamboyant clothing, including aviator caps and large sunglasses such as those sported by the figure in this painting. A slightly earlier self-portrait by Kogelnik is nearly identical in composition to Superwoman. That print shows the artist holding scissors and straddling a stack of cut-outs.
female artistgogglessunglassesaviator capoil and acrylic on canvas