Updated: Jun 25, 2021
I am excited to have one of my Plurabelle collages in the Every Woman Biennial in London, a salon exhibition curated by London EWB Directors Eddy Grattan Bellew and Ruby Streek in cooperation with C. Finley (founder EWB) and Molly Caldwell (Executive Producer). I love what Lily Wei, NYC writer, curator and critic, wrote about the Plurabelle series:
"A striking portrait series, “Plurabelle,” (the title is taken from James Joyce’s character Anna Livia Plurabelle in Finnegan’s Wake) that presents women as fragmentized collages, their faces stylized masks of many ethnicities that camouflage, even corrupt identity. These are constructed out of multiple points of view into multiracial, interconnected visages—all the daughters of Eve—superficially visible but, ultimately, not truly seen. Composed of cut-outs from glossy publications, they have lipsticked mouths, cosmeticized eyes, polished nails, jeweled rings, and other contrived, generic emblems of female beautification and disguise, the natural woman made over into creatures of artifice and male desire. Transformed into an object of consumption, the jagged tears of the paper imply violence and abuse, prevalent in societies that undervalue and objectify women. These composite dissimulations are based on an “existential anxiety,” Wasserman says, and “provide a way for women, like chameleons,” to navigate their way through oppressive cultures. Her women, however, do not appear subdued but instead regard the world with a steady gaze, one that seems full of unvoiced judgment and defiance, despite their apprehension."
more from the "Plurabelle" series
Dates: July 2-9, 12-7pm Closing party July 9th. (Media, collector and artist viewing on July 1st) Location: Copeland Gallery, Peckham, Unit 9I, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Rd, London SE15 3SN Invited through a democratic open call, the Salon Exhibition features works for sale by international and London-based acclaimed and emerging female and non-binary artists, including: Swoon, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Miranda Forrester, Tanaka Mazivanhanga, Michelle Rogers, Sarah Smith, Margaux Walter, Alina Zamanova, and many more. Partners: Aether Magazine, BBZ London, Gal-Dem.