Since the 1970s, Joan Semmel has centered her practice around representations of the body from the female perspective, often taking her figure as subject. In her most recent series of paintings, her body fills the canvas in a manner that echoes the in-camera cropping of the photographs the artist takes as the basis for her compositions. Exemplified in Double Breasted (2020), this compositional strategy forces a collapsing of depth, with torso and legs generating a landscape of lines and curves. Featuring a diversity of paint applications, ranging from the nearly opaque fill of the dark navy background to the looser and more expressionistic strokes of the flesh rendered in bright yellow, orange, and green hues, Double Breasted foregrounds a mastery of brushwork stemming back to her roots in Abstract Expressionism. The brighter foreground, filled with shades of the sunlight that floods the artist's studio, contrasts against the darker tones of the shadowed areas, the effect of which critic Johanna Fateman has described as "passages of smoldering chiaroscuro."