Room Gallery 1
Feminist thought, Feminist movement
-- curated project series
Who Wants to be a Feminist?
Kathy Slamen, Kate Hansen, Kelly M. Nelson, Mare Vaccaro
, Ayseef, Jennifer Murray, Jean Rim, Molly Peters , Kate Citrin,
Ginny Baughman, Carol Koffel, Elizabeth Pacentrilli
Throughout the feminist movement we have seen a reclaiming
of the “male gaze” by feminist artists, using
self-reflection and body image to comment on ourselves, aspects
of society and what we value. This exhibition explores this
diversity in identity centered art.
© Kathy Slamen Oops! Part 1
Color C-print 20” x 16” (50cm
x 40 cm) 2007
The idea of creating a complete scenario for each image,
placing myself in the center of an imaginary story, using
props, lighting, my own body movements to convey what words
could not was an exercise in communication - a different language
in a different medium. Let the adventures begin.
© Kate Hansen Craving You
Oil on masonite 29” x 15” (75
cm x 40 cm) 2007
This figure is an icon of female heartbreak. It would seem
that the larger jaw bone should make the figure more powerful
and foreboding, but there is a blind quality to this anger.
The larger jaw makes the figure unable to speak, and results
in a kind of vocal impotence.
© Kelly Nelson Family Portrait #5
Mixed Media 5’10” x 3’
(177 x 91 cm) 2007
Identity of self and others is a fluid, complex and dynamic
human construct involving relationships, culture, distance
and time. My work is an interpretation of sociotypes as well
as my chosen identity of self and family for display. The
variety of marks and at times the employment of unorthodox
materials convey individual differences, societal interpretations
and extensive distances, the latter most being a self-chosen
© Mare Vacarro Tangerine Dreams
Color C-print 16” x 20” (40
x 50 cm) 2007
I have alopecia universalis, which
is a genetic miscoded medical condition that renders my body
completely hairless. In the absence of a created persona I
am a blank canvas. I am using the deconstructed female form
to question what is real, what is persona, and whether femininity
can be redefined.
© Ayaseef Burner Etiquette
Mixed media sculpture 8” x 21” x
2” (22 x 55 x 5 cm) 2007
In my artwork I explore alternative interpretations of objects
through the use of relationships, contrast, and duality. Major
themes in my work include questioning the traditional meaning
of items and challenging the concept of “waste”.
© Jennifer Murray My Head Scarf 2
Charcoal on paper 22” x 30”
(55 x 80 cm) 2007
In keeping with the ambiguity of purpose
that is so critical to my values as an artist I employ a metaphorical
language to communicate personal experiences, struggles, desires,
and dreams. When the image is removed from its literal, social,
or cultural meaning, it enters the symbolic meaning, and our
interpretation of that meaning is a reflection of ourselves.
© Jean Rim Five Foot Two
Egg tempura on wood 21” x 18” (53
x 45 cm) 2007
When I was young my mother used comic
books as a method of teaching English and Korean to my brother
and me. As a result, my work is strongly influenced by anime
and comic book illustrators. My current body of work explores
and confronts societal assumptions and personal experiences
growing up as a Korean-American woman. My imagery is a way
of conflating the opposing sides of my identity.
© Molly Peters The Modern Womyn
Mixed Media 2007
I use adventures, dark comedy, and
dynamic confusion to express a scenario. The concept starts
as subjects unknowingly participating in a photograph, which
is then sculpted to an idea of alternate linear illustrations.
© Anastasia Alexandrin Green Dress
Oil and charcoal 36” x 24”
(91 x 61cm) 2007
The feminine role has changed dramatically
in the last century. The Woman Series named in homage to Willem
de Kooning’s Women paintings, uses rough self-portraits
to display the unease the artist has with her own personality.
© Ginny Baughman An Every Day Goddess
Found Object 28" x 32" x 6"
(71 x 81 x 15 cm) 2007
I want to create women in my art
who show feminine issues literally on their bodies. My ideas
about femininity flow through the bodies of the women that
I create and develop as I work, as if they are speaking through
me directly to the viewer.
© Carol Koffel Willing Heart
Ceramics 5” x 11” x 2” (12
x 28 x 5 cm) 2007
This series embraces the deeply feminine
and her quiet acceptance of self. If we shelter our heart
with armor, can we be loved? Is it possible to summon the
muse, if we lose a breast to cancer? Is it just the virginal
heart that can nurture? These breast prints reflect my inner
spirit while facilitating an outer vision.
© Elizabeth Pacentrilli Playful
(Cosmetic Appeal series) Cosmetics 40”
x 30” (102 x 76 cm) 2007
Cosmetic Appeal is a series of self-portraits
created entirely with beauty products. Utilizing a medium
created to conceal, I reveal an awareness of female sexuality
and power possessed by confident women. Most women rely on
physical appearance to manipulate and attract men, but it
is a self-confident woman that possesses true power.
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