Previous Shows: 2014: See Us Roar: Essay
See Us Roar
The women and their work in this exhibition are fierce. Ahem, . . .yes, . . .I know, I've included myself in this show, and, yes, I'm talking about me, too! . . .Ah, but this is the company I keep.
I find great satisfaction in surprising myself with work that I never could have created had I planned it in advance. Even when I may have a vague inkling of what I might work toward, I do not make sketches and cannot predict the final outcome. Responding to each previous step rather than making premeditated moves opens up brave new worlds.
Each of the other artists in this exhibition has her own version of this approach. Ruth Freeman and Danielle Gherardi make collages which inform work in other mediums, while also standing on their own. Alison Woods is more improvisational during her computer collage stage, but she still changes the work throughout her process. Besides working in various other unrehearsed ways, Ellie Fritz makes some of her pieces by dropping fabric saturated with ink onto large swaths of paper and must rely on chance to do some of the work, as does Laura Viola Preciado who guides her pours but never tries to fully tame them. Maya Kabat moves and mixes her paint directly on her canvases with trowels, making pictures for walls that are plastered with similar tools.
Everyone here is a powerful builder, constructing by hand new realms of existence, following the work, move for move, talking and listening in an intimate, mutual relationship. Unlike the expressionism of decades back, these are not just the musings of the unconscious or subconscious. These artists may, indeed, use their intuition, but they know what they are doing, and consciously decide for themselves when to stop.
So, now, we introduce ourselves to you. See us roar!!!
Artist and Curator