Glass Rice is proud to present Me, Myself & Her, an all-female group show featuring works by eight emerging and mid-career artists, three returning and five new to the gallery.
For too long, women have been used as objects in art, perpetually the subject to be possessed or desired, beloved or reviled. However, more so now than ever, women are reclaiming their images and repainting their identities. No longer accepting women to be portrayed by and for men, the female artists in Me, Myself & Her focus on perceptions of female identity and sexuality, what is means for each woman to be female, and above all else, portraying the female spirit and femininity through the lens of another fellow woman. The exhibition will range from large figurative oil paintings to smaller portrait watercolors, to a sculpture made with false eyelashes, Spanish moss and an African clawed frog in ethanol and jar, all sitting atop a custom wood and acrylic lightbox pedestal, and a variety of photographs documenting the female gaze. In a show with such variety, each artist has managed to echo a singular resounding statement, the “Future is Female”.
Anastasiia Sapon is a Ukranian born photographer based in San Francisco. Since graduating from the Academy of Arts, she has been working as a freelance portrait photographer and was selected as one of PDN’s (Photo District News) 2017 ‘choice of 30 new and emerging photographers to watch’. The crux of her inspiration comes from each person she photographs. Sapon builds light and set design around her subject, rather than having those decisions determined before a shoot.
Anna Linetskaya’s work aims to capture the transcendental presence and inner strength of her subjects. She relies heavily on the essence of the women she photographs coupled with her surroundings. Linetskaya often incorporates organic elements to explore the sense of balance found when one discovers a soothing connection to his or her environment. Characterized by pared-down compositions and color palettes, her photographs are quiet and simple, yet stylistically sophisticated.
Arika von Edler completed her MFA at San Francisco Art Institute. Her oil paintings probe questions about abortion, slut-shaming, rape, maternity, birth control, queerness in relation to femininity, and overall reproductive feminism. By borrowing from her own experiences, she uses her paintings as a vehicle to reflect on these present-day struggles and our culture’s attitude towards these topics, simultaneously making her work both diaristic and an attempt to speak on current issues.
Christine Taylor is a queer artist from California currently pursuing her MFA degree at the Academy of Art. Taylor’s work reflects inward, a constant study of the inner processes that develop and destroy the constant flux of who we are and how we are perceived. She believes progression is seen as both a strength and a vulnerability and creates portraits depicting different dynamics within ourselves and with others. Taylor’s work relies heavily on the use of color to portray the highs and lows of personal growth.
Felicita Norris completed her MFA at Stanford University. She creates large-scale paintings that are reactions to personal experiences. Though the images and themes represented are not strictly autobiographical, Norris creates a confined stage to depict unsettling images that are responses to social constructions, institutions, and politics. By creating scenes set in familiar environments such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms, she uses comforting, home-y settings to reveal the complexities of "the familiar," evoking emotion by way of symbology and metaphor, and using the human figure and noxious color to draw the viewer inward to recognize that these issues hit closer to home than one would imagine.
Often painting self-portraits, Miranda Evans’ body of work portrays ones internal revolution through self-inflicted isolation. Evans consistently attempts to expose inner conflicts, struggles, and anxieties and how one can transform these emotions into self-love. This idea is translated through simple, definite lines, leaving areas of white, empty space for the monochromatic earth tone watercolors to speak for itself. Over the past years, painting has created a meditative space for Evans to resolve her own emotional battles. Miranda Evans is a painter from California, currently residing in San Francisco.
Rose Briccetti is an intermedia artist living and working in Santa Barbara, California. She is currently the College of Creative Studies Teaching Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her practice combines deep historical, artistic, and scientific research with art-making to re-present natural and cultural histories through a feminist lens. Her work weaves together strange truths, biology, museology, cultural myths, female sexuality, internet culture, and personal experience using humor and vivid visuals.
Yumiko Fujiwara was born in Tokyo, moved to Johannesburg at the young age of two, to Mexico City as a young girl, to Rome in her teens, and later to New York as a college student. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with concentrations in Screenwriting and Visual Arts. Much of her work revolves around tranquil and still qualities that are often unseen, drowned out in bustling urban environments. Fujiwara is currently pursuing an MFA in screenwriting at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles.