THE UNTITLED SPACE
SELF REFLECTION A Group Show of 21 Female Artists Addressing Self-Portraiture
Curated by Indira Cesarine and Coco Dolle firstname.lastname@example.org THE UNTITLED SPACE
45 Lispenard Street Unit 1W
EXHIBITION ON VIEW
September 28 – October 8 | 10am – 6pm
(Gallery Closed Sundays)
Andrea Mary Marshall
The Untitled Space is pleased to present SELF REFLECTION,
an exhibition of 21 female artists addressing self-portraiture. Curated by Indira Cesarine and Coco Dolle, the exhibit will be on view from September 27 – October 8, 2016, and includes works of photography, painting, tapestry, collage, mixed media and video. Using their own bodies as vehicles, the artists featured in SELF REFLECTION contemplate, as both creator and subject, contemporary issues of gender, identity, sexuality, body image, censorship, and self-liberation.
Through their own process, be it autobiographical, metaphorical or inspired by performance and impersonation, these artists present visual narratives that interrogate social, cultural and political dialogues. Self-portrayal becomes a means to address the personal as political via self-reflection and reinvention, tackling conventional notions of female image and taboo.
Exhibiting artists include: Ahn Sun Mi, Alexa Meade, Andrea Mary Marshall, ANGE, Coco Dolle , Carol-Anne McFarlane, Cornelia Hediger, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Erin M. Riley, Hiba Schahbaz, Indira Cesarine, Karen Bystedt, KESH, Leah Schrager, Marie Tomanova, Meredith Ostrom, Natalie White, Polly Penrose, Rebecca Dayan, Sarah Maple, and Sophia Wallace.
The self-portrait has been a staple of art history for centuries, defining our social and political climate and a reflection on contemporary culture. In the past few decades the self-portrait has evolved into a much larger dialogue, largely due to the cultural shift to electronic communication and popularity of social media. In an age where the selfie has become a prominent means of self expression, SELF REFLECTION presents contemporary female artists that are not merely using their mobile devices to self promote, but work with self-portraiture as a means to present their own inner dialogue, confronting the human condition through varied artistic mediums.
Through diverse methods such as tea painting, watercolors, collage, medium format and Polaroid photography as well as wool tapestry weaving, these artists take the self-portrait beyond its classic definition. They present themselves in their own terms, using their imagination to expand upon dual roles of creator and subject, artist and performer. They interrogate stereotypes of woman as mother, wife, lover or sexual object in works that are at once compelling narratives. Their image becomes their canvas, a tool for self-examination and cultural contemplation.