What to Wear in Candyland, 2019

What to Wear in Candyland, 2019 - Three powerful, monumental female figures center this vignette made for OFF THE WALL. Framed by black walls, ceiling, and floor, the women directly engage the viewer’s gaze or reveal their active role in the construction of their self-image. The soft yet refined painterly style reverberates with a dreamlike quality, inviting visitors to step into this imaginary world and become participants in Cotton’s sartorial fantasy.


Will Cotton is a painter whose work primarily features landscapes composed of sweets, often inhabited by human subjects. Cotton weaves cultural iconography into compositions in which figures wear elaborate garments he makes in the studio. His work has been interpreted as both a celebration and criticism of consumer culture. Cotton’s work is held in the collections of the Seattle Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum of Art, among others. Will Cotton is represented by Mary Boone Gallery.