Working exclusively in rich texture, oils and acrylics Tori Spivey fuses traditional formats and motifs with modern modes of representation. Selecting works from old masters like Michelangelo or Gentile da Fabriano, Spivey replaces the historical figures and scenes with urban culture characteristics. In her related, ongoing series, Spivey’s heroic figures are depicted in front of golden background patterns that make specific reference to textiles and decorative patterns of divine royalty, from 19th-century Judaica paper cutouts to 24k Gold Leaf. Spivey's penchant for jarring juxtapositions stems from her desire to complicate notions of group identity.