Selections from Pink
My artistic interests reside in defining and redefining women's issues in ways that are both informational and confrontational, and yet accessible to a diverse audience. In pink, I bring together anatomy lessons with intentionally charged imagery and text to produce a new forum of discussion on what it is to be a woman- physically, socially, and psychologically. I am intrigued by taboo subjects and the general avoidance of their mention. Individual pieces in this series are inspired by stories from women and men relating common misconceptions of the physical mechanics of their body parts, as well as my own experiences in learning how my body and my mind truly work. Other pieces encourage reflection on and reconstruction of accepted social definitions of "feminine", "womanhood", and "equality," and a questioning of who is, and who should be, in control of these definitions.
The work created included in this exhibition stems from my experience of regularly being addressed as "Sir" since moving to the South. I have always been a tall woman with short hair, a relatively low voice, and a confident presence. This constant questioning of my femininity leads me to explore the standards of femaleness and the gendered indoctrination systems in place during my childhood. My mother was a product of the fifties. Her mother trained her well. I see the ideals of the fifties feminine identity as an alter ego of sorts to my own feminist existence. Something went awry during my training. Where did she go wrong?
About the Artist:
Libby Rowe holds a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from University of Northern Iowa. Her work addresses issues of identity and belonging.
Rowe has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues that include: Pyramid Art Gallery (Rochester, NY), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), Soho Photo Gallery (New York, NY), Zone Gallery (Kansas City, MO), Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA), Cameraworks Gallery (Portland, OR), Gallery 621 (Tallahassee, FL), FotoCircle Gallery (Seattle, WA), and Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA).
Rowe's womb worries was recently included in Take Care: The Bioethics in the 21st Century that was exhibited as part of Art Prize 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and will be exhibited as part of the Pool Art Fair Miami in December. She exhibited and performed her piece, learning feminine: posture, as part of the 7th Feminist Research Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands in June of 2009. Dwellings will be exhibited as one of the top ten finalists in the Grand Prix FotoFestiwal 2010 in Lodz, Poland.
Rowe is an Assistant Professor of Art and head of photography at University of Texas at San Antonio.
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