Created by Independent Curator Jess Van Nostrand, Girls Growing features artists whose work challenges clichéd vocabulary and old-fashioned ideas associated with girls growing up and women getting older, turning the tables on words such as “blossoming” and “blooming” and shining a new light on the reality of growing up as a girl.
Girls Growing will mark
the West Coast debut for Dutch painter Barbara Wijnveld, who was short-listed
for the Prix de Rome in 2004 and was a winner of the Dutch Royal Award for
Modern Painting in 2004. This will also be the first Seattle show for Judy
Blotnick from the Skirt Gallery in Boston, and Dutch painter Anya Janssen,
whose work was most recently seen at Art Basel 2005 with the Torch Gallery
Local artists featured are SOIL members Jenny Zwick (www.jenniferzwick.com) and Claire Johnson; also represented are illustrator and former Seattleite Kipling West, and painter Ginny Ivanicki from Vancouver (www.ivanicki.com).
Without relying on expectations of female coming-of-age imagery, the artists in Girls Growing present new ways of thinking about change. Their differing uses of two-dimensional media show a breadth of talent and sensitivity to the subject that addresses the theme while placing the quality of the work in the forefront.
|images by (from top) Judy Blotnick, Margi Geerlnks, Anya Janssen, Barbara Wijnveld|
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