Femininity is a complex, diverse and dynamic concept.
Shades of Women: Works by Carol Young, Elsa Zambrano, Carolina Convers, Consuelo Manrique, Adriana Cuellar and Priscilla Gonzalez
Femininity is a complex, diverse and dynamic concept, and to celebrate Women's Month, we have selected a series of works that seek to broaden the lens through which we are used to appreciating it.
There is a quiet melancholy in the works of Priscila González and Consuelo Manrique. They both work with intimate materials and seek to exalt them. González approaches the meticulous task of emulating the delicate behavior of lace through cutting paper, while Manrique uses a variety of materials and surfaces to address the concepts of mourning and healing.
The flowing forms of Carol Young’s sculpture evoke nature’s organic qualities. It is a complex creation; although there is an order and a pattern, it remains, however, dynamic and full of movement.
Elsa Zambrano depicts women as icons of pop culture through her humorous collages and assemblages, while Carolina Convers uses vibrant colors and a Pop Art tone similar to Zambrano's, to hint at the idea that women are castaways in a sea of expectations. Her figures begin to fade into the atmospheric backgrounds, losing themselves to their surroundings. Her brushstrokes are rhythmic, unlike Adriana Cuellar’s expressionist painting, whose work is a nonconformist expression of what is often conceived as feminine: voracious, dark, and unpredictable. The panther, a recurring motif throughout her work, is sacred to some indigenous peoples and is often seen as a symbol of femininity, one that is dark and mysterious.
This is an exhibition that displays the various ways in which talented women master their materials, techniques, and subjects of choice. They are careful, creative, and disciplined, but also bold and fearless. They represent a broad spectrum of femininity, in which both traditional and unconventional qualities such as elegance, humor, and chaos come together to draw a colorful portrait of what it means to be a woman.