This exhibition explores the various manifestations of the female image in art and media and how these have shaped and influenced how women are perceived and navigate the social landscape. These artists provide a small but effective representation of the diverse ways the "female" is presented as well as motivations behind the portrayal of the female image. Consequently, with such a proliferation of female images reflecting numerous and accepted archetypes, with varied connotations, women are challenged and perhaps even invited or forced to choose an identity within the contexts of these created images.
The work of video artist, Shasha Dothan reflects the discomfort that comes with being a female, wanting to assert herself as strong and feminine yet often faced with the conundrum of doing so in a context that can force females to behave "like males." In this case, it's a Bachelorette party. An assumed enjoyable experience? Kim West looks at the many images of the female and the ways in which a person and her body are held to standards of perfection to achieve the label of "beautiful" or "desirable." To what extent has the media played a role in creating and promoting these ideals? Looking at magazine illustrations, photo-shopped and air brushed images of women, West illuminates the process of achieving these ideal images and shows the hand of the "artist" as the conveyor and creator of these images. What seems perfect and even accurate in detail and/or realism, still reflects some flaws and distortion in features and proportions. West's work facilitates a questioning of what female images convey and influence as well as what these images manifest into with regard to thought, consumerism and behavior. Sheila Pree Bright's work is an example of this exploration when the images, ideals and products of beauty distort self-conception and affect self-worth.
Works by artist, Eddy Lee blur the lines between illustration, design and fine art. His works suggest an ambiguity in race, ethnicity and context in the prolific number of female images he generates. There is an adoration for his subjects that further draws the viewer in and generates a deeper appreciation for the process which Lee demonstrates in each of his works. His painterly strokes and process create aesthetically pleasing images that do not judge or distort the female. Lee creates imaginary ideals that pay homage. All these works are a diverse representation of the female image and what it evokes in women, conveys about women, promotes to and manifests into for women. As a result, for women today one could say, it's NO WALK IN THE PARK!