Field Projects is pleased to present Milkmade, an exhibition featuring the work of six figurative women artists. Jaclyn Brown, Anne Buckwalter, Hilary Doyle, Sarah Fox, Dominique Fung, and Lynnea Holland-Weiss navigate humanity, identity, womanhood, relationships, gender-related expectations, and aging through their unique, and often humorously contorted works.
Women are frequently reduced to fragmented attributes by patriarchal society, transformed into an imposed grocery list of gendered expectations. Milkmade is a grounding point on the spectrum of socially gendered perceptions of dominant cultural standards known as “normal.” By conflating women's bodies and biohazards, Anne Buckwalter explores an insecurity perpetuated in patriarchal society that frames powerful women as hazardous and threatening. Aged women are often misrepresented or not represented at all. Hilary Doyle’s sculpture model honors the strength and narrative of older everyday women. These endearing figures remind us of an inevitability that is commonly feared in dominant culture and churns emotions of dread, admiration, guilt, respect, and love.
As society becomes more reliant on image-based communication and judgments become progressively dispassionate and trivial through the often mindless use of social media platforms and applications we, as social creatures, are slowly becoming detached and alienated from society and from ourselves as whole individuals. These platforms lead to a magnification of the “grocery list,” subsequently resulting in fomo, imposter syndrome, narcissistic tendencies, dysmorphic experiences of self-hood, or even the outright rejection of individuals based on a fleeting image. Jaclyn Brown’s paintings rupture the normalized practice of sexting-for-validation and dually aggressive gendered exploitation via cute consumer culture; seen for example in her painting Tender where imagery of adorable kittens become wrapping paper to the genital package.
Milkmade compiles works that attempt to re-piece these fragments of observation and push back against the current status quo, utilizing humor to mollify viewers and allow them entry into their own intimate, experiential worlds while exposing their subversion of dominant cultural standards. The audience is reminded that there is much more to a single, individual human than the reductionist aspersions of a polarized first glance. These works simultaneously laugh at the absurdity and marinate in the celebration of being a woman.
Jaclyn Brown is a Canadian artist. She moved to New York City in 2007 and has had her studio in Bushwick since. She received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art, and her BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design. Her work has been in numerous publications including the New York Times, Art News and Observer. She has completed residencies at Jiwar in Barcelona as well as at Kunst Werke Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin.
Anne Buckwalter received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2010 and an MFA from Maine College of Art in 2012. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts andCreativity in Alberta, Canada, and Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Lovell, Maine. She will be an
artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in November 2018. Anne is a 2016 recipient of
the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, and she has also received the Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Grant and the Roderick Dew Travel Award. Her paintings have been featured in The Jealous Curator and Create Magazine, and her work has been exhibited in Boston, Montréal, Toronto, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and Rome, among other cities. Recently, her work was included in the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. She lives and works in Philadelphia.
Hilary Doyle is an artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. Doyle’s work includes painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture about class, gender and psychology. She received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has recently exhibited at spaces such as Monya Rowe Gallery, Field Projects and Erin Cluely Gallery in Texas and has had solo shows at the Active Space and Brown University. Her work has received press coverage in Hyperallergic, Bushwick Daily, and New American Paintings Blog. Doyle is a recent recipient of a residency at MassMoCA Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA. Doyle is also a teacher and curator. She is part-time faculty at Rhode Island School of Design and Suny Purchase College where she teaches drawing and painting classes. Doyle also founded NYC Crit Club which she teaches and runs with artist, curator and director Catherine Haggarty. She also curates with Reid Hitt as HR Curating and was co-director of Projekt722 gallery in east Williamsburg for three years. She will be curating an exhibition with HR curating at Agency Gallery in Dumbo in 2019.
Sarah Fox was born in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, in 1982, but grew up in Texas and currently lives
and works in San Antonio, Texas. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at San
Antonio and her BA from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Her work has been shown throughout Texas, as well as in the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, Indiana), Espacio Dörffi (Lanzarote, Canary Islands), Bedsetter Art Fair (Vienna, Austria), Atelierhaus Hilmsen (Hilmsen, Germany) and Casa Lu (Mexico City, Mexico). She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas where she is the co-director of the innovative community art space Clamp Light Studios and Gallery.
Dominique Fung b. 1987, Ottawa, Canada is an Canadian emerging artist currently based in
Brooklyn, NY. She received a BAA from Sheridan College Institute of Technology in
Toronto, Ontario. Fung’s paintings have been exhibited at Virginia Museum of Modern Art ( Virginia, USA), Project Gallery ( Toronto, Canada) and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington DC, USA).
Lynnea Holland Weiss (b. 1990) is a painter originally from Berkeley/Oakland, CA and received her BFA from California College of the Arts. Lynnea has participated in residencies and projects throughout the US and internationally in Mexico, Italy and Brazil. Her work has been exhibited most recently at Elephant Gallery in Nashville, TN and Space 1026 in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been recognized in publications such as New American Paintings, Art Maze Magazine, Juxtapoz, The Art Blog, SF Weekly and others. She currently lives and works in Cleveland, Oh.