We are pleased to present our first solo exhibition of new-to-the-gallery artist Elizabeth Malaska. In Heavenly Bodies Malaska paints large tableaux which position the female form as the prime protagonist and instigator in art history. Exploring the embodied experience of the feminine subject under patriarchy, Malaska mines the power given to historically sanctioned signs and re-purposes them along more equitable lines. Malaska is gaining a critical reputation for paintings that explore the place of the female body in a range of art historical contexts, raising issues about femininity, power, domination, and vulnerability, with contemporary social and political implications.
Elizabeth Malaska has been awarded Career Opportunity Grants from both the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation.
This event was funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.