You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise
Drawing from Maya Angelou’s 1978 verse, Still I Rise uses portraiture to re-imagine more nuanced portrayals of women, with a focus on women of color in various stages of life. Artists Gustave Blache III, E2 (Elizabeth Kleinveld and Epaul Julien), Genevieve Gaignard, Tim Okamura, and Deborah Roberts explore female power, social privilege, and misogyny through existing works and commissions. The exhibition goes on view in Kidspace beginning June 15, 2019, and includes: Blache’s oil painting of the famed New Orlean’s chef Leah Chase (who is 95 years old); E2’s perception-changing photographs reinterpreting classic portraiture; Gaignard’s photography and a site-specific installation reminiscent of a teenage girl’s bedroom; Okamura’s large-scale paintings depicting strong women and an interactive installation; and Roberts’ found-material collages of young girls. Still I Rise offers counterpoints to the ways the female subject is often represented and inserts gender and race in unexpected ways and surprising contexts.
Mixed media on paper
30 x 22 inches
Photo Credit: Philip Rogers