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Fierce Women

Katherine Strause

2024-05-21 09:00:00 2024-05-21 18:00:00 America/Chicago Fierce Women This exhibit is FREE to the public and will be on display during library hours Monday--Friday 9am-6pm, starting Friday, May 17, 2024 thru Friday, June 7, 2024. Argenta Public Library - Argenta Gallery - Exhibits

Tuesday, May 21
9:00am - 6:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-05-21 09:00:00 2024-05-21 18:00:00 America/Chicago Fierce Women This exhibit is FREE to the public and will be on display during library hours Monday--Friday 9am-6pm, starting Friday, May 17, 2024 thru Friday, June 7, 2024. Argenta Public Library - Argenta Gallery - Exhibits

Argenta Public Library

Argenta Gallery - Exhibits

This exhibit is FREE to the public and will be on display during library hours Monday--Friday 9am-6pm, starting Friday, May 17, 2024 thru Friday, June 7, 2024.

Exhibit: Fierce Women

Artist: Katherine Strause

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.--Camus

I want to believe that women are in charge.  I enjoy watching women take control in subversive and playful ways.  My paintings contain the spirit of the rebellion.  The figures are on a mission of change; they lack inhibitions, are confident, and have hope for the future.  They are in full possession of themselves, in charge of their space, bodies, feelings, and actions.  They will not sit down and be quiet.

The works begin with found photographs of women.  The subjects are experiencing a moment of clarity and complete independence.  I look for a quality of liberty in the attitude of the sitter.  They shake off constraints and stare the viewer down.

Naturally I was drawn to images of cowgirls, outlaws, and ranch women.  Daughters of pioneer ranchers grew up riding and roping along with their brothers because on small ranches, everyone helped with the cattle.  At the heart of cowgirl culture lies a spirit of independence, resilience, and adventure.  These strong women of the Wild West were often the backbone of their communities, demonstrating courage, resourcefulness, and an unyielding sense of self.

The images have a magical appeal and are reminiscent of artists such as Grant Wood, Carroll Cloar, Pierre Bonnard, and Alice Neel.  Layering saturated color with brushstrokes and wet-on-wet application increases the vibration and visual play of the work.  This focus on the expressive application of paint and extravagant use of color transforms the black-and white snapshots into dynamic, energetic paintings.

The work is not purely documentary or nostalgic.  Using old photos of unknown sitters gives us a link to our collective past and brings a feeling of comfort and belonging.  These figures represent us all and guide us in overcoming struggle.  This work addresses the idea of transcendence, hope, and transformation.  They demonstrate courage and strength.  They are about women, now and then, who are breaking free and energetically strutting their way past any limitations.

AGE GROUP: | General |

EVENT TYPE: | Exhibits/Displays/Installations |

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Argenta Public Library

Phone: 501-687-1061

Hours
Mon, Jun 17 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Tue, Jun 18 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Wed, Jun 19 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Thu, Jun 20 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Fri, Jun 21 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jun 22 Closed
Sun, Jun 23 Closed

About the branch

This is the secondary branch of the William F. Laman Public Library located in the heart of the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock.

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