For her solo show, “Sine Qua Non,” opening tomorrow night at Last Rites Gallery in New York, Alexandra Manukyan presents a series of graceful, theatrical paintings that reference Shakespeare and contemporary fashion and tattoo culture alike. Featuring a collection of fierce female protagonists, Manukyan’s new paintings cast her heroines in dramatic scenes that hint at pivotal moments in their paths of fate. These characters are shown taking control, subverting the norm of the passive female subject in Renaissance painting, from which Manukyan most noticeably draws inspiration for her aesthetic. The precision of her figures’ articulate gestures, as well as the detailed fabrics in their costumes, are testaments to Manukyan’s masterful technique. Take a look at our preview of the show below, images courtesy of Last Rites Gallery.