Joyce Pensato


Born in 1941, Joyce Pensato is a contemporary American artist based in Brooklyn. She is best known for her charcoal drawings and wall paintings of cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Homer Simpson. Starting from drawings of the characters‘ basic forms, Pensato grinds, slashes, and sands her surfaces to create altered, mutilated versions given names such as Abominable Snow Mickey or The Donald.

She has exhibited widely and her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Dallas Museum of Art; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France, among others.

Donald as a Crossdresser is the artist‘s large-scale charcoal drawing in the mode Pensato is famous for, turning the anodyne cartoon into something eerie and emotionally resonant. The friendly character from our childhood has here turned into an imposing and disturbing figure.