Lisa Rockford: The She-Monster Sideshow
April 30 – June 5, 2011
Opening Reception: Fri., April 29, 6-9 pm
The She-Monster Sideshow presents a series of large-scale banner paintings representing mythical females. These “she-monsters” are drawn from pre-existing pop culture imagery, humorously referencing historical myth and narrative, inspired by goddesses and heroines like Ariadne, Baba Yaga, Cailleach, Circe, Ishtar, Hel, Lilith, Joan of Arc, Judith, Vesta and Yemaya. These brightly colored neo-pop portraits combine attributes of masculine and feminine, human, animal and android. Segments appropriated from Barbies, monsters, Disney princesses, wrestlers, superheroes, etc., are joined seamlessly into portraits that are an unnerving assimilation of the iconography. The imagery is playful, yet plays on the fear of “powerful” women, and challenges the viewer to disband stereotypical notions of femininity and examine questions of gender, power, and persona. Bring your cameras! There will be an interactive photo op.
Image: Lisa Rockford, She-Monster #24 (Judith) (detail), Oil on Taracloth banner, 52 × 70 in., Courtesy of the artist.