The New Domestics, Finding Beauty in the Mundane
The exhibition asks big questions about gender, identity and politics. Curated by Gail Enns, Director of Celadon Arts, the show celebrates the work of eight notable women artists of the Bay Area and the Central Coast: Mitra Fabian, Victoria May, Maria Porges, Katherine Sherwood, Judy Shintani, Lisa Solomon, The Temple Sisters.
“Applying a distinct female perspective, artists in The New Domestics challenge the way we look at common household products and domestic processes.” says Ms. Enns.“Their use of fabric, thread, common products; things found in or near the home add to the context of their art and raise questions that grapple with larger social and environmental concerns.”
The exhibition is purposely scheduled for the Delta College Women’s History Monthcelebration, as the exhibition explores the perception of “women’s work” through a feminist lens. For example the Sampler Series “is an exploration into the authority of words that are used to denigrate and diminish women,” state The Temple Sisters. “Placed in the context of a ‘sampler’, rendered in an elegant script via the use of peragamo and entwined into a white background of delicate lace like collage, the viewer is asked to explore levels of femininity, domesticity and implied shame. The stitching of samplers was historically taught to women from a young age as a way to promote and signal both virtue and achievement.”
In this political and social climate where women and their allied partners have once again come out in force to stand for the protection of women’s rights, safety, health, and equality, The New Domestics is a timely exhibit that prompts viewers to consider, reflect and address the continued nuances of a changing, but still patriarchal society.
The Temple Sisters
“Miss Mrs. Ms. Series, At the Club”