In her first solo exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Karen Liebowitz presents a series of paintings and drawings from her Manifesting Prophecy Series. The paintings are hybrids of classicism and fantasy and present an invented mythology constructed upon traditional religious occurrences recast with contemporary female protagonists. Throughout the series, human intervention is called upon to make the magical happen.
This particular group of paintings focuses on the Leviathan, a biblical sea monster that some believe appears in apocalyptic times. These paintings function as a prologue to the story of the Leviathan depicting the “creation” of the sea creature, the making of a net for capture and riding the creature after it’s capture. The symbol of an impending apocalypse seems only more relevant as we find ourselves in a period where ancient religious structures are in conflict with a divergent social order.
Liebowitz is a recent graduate of the UCLA Master of Fine Arts Program. She has received fellowships for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Ragdale Foundation, The Vermont Studio Center, and a grant from The Durfee Foundation.