Art Reflects Women's Perspective on Life
Four artists reflect women’s lives and experiences in a collaborative group show displayed in the Flora Kirsh Beck Gallery at Alma College. Featured pieces include sculptures, drawings and print media from artists Margaret Ware, Cindy Foley, Andrea Ondish and Dorothy Anderson Grow.
The exhibit runs from Feb. 13th to March 15th. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The closing reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15th, with a gallery talk beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Artwork by Andrea Ondish
“These woman produce art that is related to women’s issues from a woman’s perspective on life and experience,” says Sandy Lopez-Isnardi, professor of art and design. “For example, Andrea Ondish creates drawings that involve a play on words that may include or imply the word ‘HER’ in their titles. Her drawings are created around such words, and they have a serious overtone but appear playful and lighthearted.”
Ondish says that her current series of drawings were inspired after reading a comment in a magazine. In this magazine, a famous actress stated: “I would not do a movie in which women are portrayed as tools.”
“I began this series of women as tools,” says Ondish. “I feel titles have great importance with my work, so I include the word ‘HER’ in all titles.”
Ondish specializes in printmaking, painting and sculpture and currently is the curator of education at Marshall M. Fredricks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University.
Artwork by Margaret Ware
Sculptor Margaret Ware is an associate professor at Central Michigan University. Her featured pieces of “Consumer’s Armor”— armor pieced together from remnants of modern products — address the issues surrounding, and resulting from, the insidious desire for consumption and the waste products produced by that need, says Ware.
“The material irony and irreverent processes are an ideological ‘smack down’ of our spoiled and overly indulgent society,” says Ware.
Artwork by Cindy Foley
Cindy Foley is a printmaker who creates montaged images using various printmaking techniques.
“I layer cut papers, imparting a slight third dimension to my images,” says Foley. “The pen line rim of a mask encloses the human face as object for wear by non-human species. Fruits, birds, the four-legged, appear with human masks as decorative or playful objects.”
Her work has been featured across the nation and has won many awards, including the President’s Award at the International Society of Artists Exhibition in 2010.
Artwork by Dorothy Anderson Grow
Dorothy Anderson Grow is an artist who specializes in printmaking.
“My first experience with printmaking was back in graduate school. After receiving an MFA in painting, I painted for 20 years before rediscovering printmaking,” says Grow. “Three years ago, after course work in digital photography, I began to incorporate personal images into my prints. Through photography and ink drawings, I began to redefine my abstract world of painting into prints that were influenced more by the images of my past.”
Grow says her work is the “surprise ending” of the combination of emerging and evolving forms.
Posted: Mon, February 13th, 2012 at 8:26AM