Recent Work // January + February
Read about this wild exhibit we had featuring artist Lauren Peterson. I had so much fun getting to know Lauren and her work. Her sculptures are playful and meaningful.
I get to spend a lot of time with the art at the gallery. From my studio, I can see the front door and the art that lines the hallway. Lauren’s work had me glancing over my shoulder more than once because I thought they were people coming in or standing around. That seems fitting to her work. Are we what we leave behind? If our lasting legacy is trash, what does that say about us?
Turn off the 24-hour news cycle. (You don’t have to pay attention to it.) And read about how a community came together to invest in play time for local school children. Talking to the organizers and principal was a good reminder of all the people in the world doing what they can to help, improve, love.
I had a blast visiting with Niki at Little Hippie Chick. Her store is a unique spot for Tifton and a welcome addition. I’m definitely going to be doing some festival prep at her store. Gotta get ready for Shaky Knees!
Local arts is alive thanks to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture art gallery. Seeing a regional legend and ceramic artist at work was a great way for our community to get involved and connected to the art world they are immersed in.
Hoop Girls are intended, in part, to give viewers the opportunity to look at women in a de-sexualized context. I want to avoid terminology like “the male gaze” because women are encouraging women to see themselves and present themselves confidently, and in some ways sexually, in an effort to empower themselves and their bodies. I don’t see anything inherently bad in that. But it can be too much pressure.
Can women just be ugly?
We’re not given many chances to do that, to see each other, and in this case women, without needing to be seen as beautiful. Hoop Girls are a representation of women meant to encourage thoughtfulness, consideration and interest in women outside the realm of sexuality.
Questions to consider:
Are they masks?
Are they one person or several people?
Are they happy, sad, upset?
Do they have an ethnicity or are they inner shades of feeling that all can relate to?
How are the titles connected to the pieces?
How does the medium relate to the message?
Mutual, I'm Sure
Stick a Needle in My Eye
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