For as long as I can remember, figurative works have always fascinated me. I am equally interested in the philosophical nature of being as I am with the scientific nature of being as it relates to the body. Painting the body becomes a deeply engaging and intimate way of understanding multiple aspects of life, death, and everything in-between.
This past year has been incredibly special and eventful for ArtLeadHER, we celebrated our one year anniversary at Pen and Brush in New York, and shortly after, we opened our first exhibition in Europe! Curated by Mashonda Tifrere, on show at Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London, Underneath is a group show with work from eleven contemporary female artists from across the globe.
My inspiration comes from my own real life experiences. Being in the music industry taught me a great deal about gender inequality. It feels the exact same in the art world. I've been a collector for over a decade and have visited many galleries, fairs and museums and I see this resemblance. A male gallerist told me that female artists just aren't serious about their work, which made a lot very clear to me. People need to do their research before they buy art. Let's ask more questions. Inquire with gallerists and curators as to why they don't show more women. There cannot be change if we aren't asking the questions that challenge the biased status quo.
On April 4th, at a workshop in Soho, London, Mashonda share a special session of empowerment with a group of inspirational young women with the help of special creative guest- Artist, Elizabeth Waggett and Delphine Diallo
People and places have this way of cultivating themselves in visually divergent and incredibly inspiring ways. So wherever I go, I take a little something of that place with me. All my work focuses on these patterns of humanity. I’ve observed and the way in which we desire, destroy, love and act. I try to take these themes from different cultures and imbue my work with them. In one way or another my work is a reflection of the souls of the places and people I’ve come across throughout the years. While the world is so diverse and there is much more of it to explore, the most inspiring place that still captivates my ideas is Cambodia. From the lush abundant wildlife to the ancient cultures and scars of war, this place shook me to my core and there is still elements I have to process from my time there. The desert brings me the most peace.
Music is my Mojo, I can't create without music. When I'm reading, I'm listening soundtrack music ( Hanz zimmer, John Willian, etc..) When I'm taking photography.. I'm adjusting myself to my subjects because I need to make them feel home.. so their music choice is my choice When I'm collaging i can listening anything who does keep me going .. From Black Coffee, Ali Farka Toure, Sufism music, Indian Music, Meditation music, but I do like world music more and more.. because i feel i understand another culture.
Pen + Brush and AWAD Present
Bridging the Divide: Contemporary Art, Demoralization, and the Power of Alliance
Location: Pen + Brush, 29 E. 22nd Street
Date / Time: Thurs. March 2nd, 2017: 7-8.30pm
(VIP reception 5.30pm, General arrivals 6.30pm, Open mingling until 9pm)
Taking place in the midst of Armory Week 2017, we're delighted to announce the panelist line-up:
Janice Sands, Pen + Brush [Executive Director] www.penandbrush.org [Twitter @penbrush Instagram @penandbrushnyc]
Mashonda Tifrere, ArtLeadHER [Founder] www.artleadher.com [@ArtLeadHER]
V.L. Cox, Artist www.greatfineart.com [@vlcox]
Susan Mumford, Association of Women Art Dealers [Founder & CEO] www.womenartdealers.org [@womenartdealers]
As we all grapple with how to face a world that looks, feels and almost is completely upside down, the role of art is more critical than ever.
Art has the capacity to freely reflect dissent, provoke empathy, and understanding, and offer solace through expressions of sheer humanity, beauty, and love.
This discussion is meant to prompt a productive dialog between artists and the arts professionals who work to support their voices.
P+B and AWAD, as organizations formed in the spirit of alliance to champion under-recognized voices in the arts, fight everyday on behalf of creative voices in need of support systems.
For this discussion, we aim to bring together artists, gallerists, curators, organizations, critics, institutions, and the audience for an open forum to discuss our roles as allies in this new era. This will include an open forum with the audience in NYC and virtually, we encourage you to bring your voice, bring your opinion, and don’t dumb it down.
P+B is a safe space that welcomes productive, frank, dialog.
It is with great honor and delight that I share with you my recent partnership with the extremely dedicated and empowering Pen + Brush Gallery.
I grew up in a place called Waterville outside of Toledo, Ohio. It was a typical small town USA kind of experience and when I was young I thought I’d never want to leave. It’s the kind of area where people know you, they know your family, there’s a lot of connection and it always felt very safe. Growing up, I have a lot of memories of spending time in nature. I loved the woods, loved exploring the Maumee river, it was a blessing that I had all of that around me. I was also fortunate to have started studying art at a really young age. My Mom enrolled me in classes with an artist named Page Cottier when I was seven. Page had a traditional, academic arts background and encouraged me to take my work seriously despite my young age. She laid the early foundation in painting and drawing for me and instilled a deep respect and love for realist art.
This morning our founder, Mashonda Tifrere, had the honor of being one of the pannelists for a discussion on “Unconscious bias and the art world: What role do women art dealers have to play?” This event was the key happening at this year’s Aqua Art Miami fair.
Though we live in a generation where women leaders are on a steady rise, there are still challenges that are marked by living in a patriarchal society. Looking at the ratio of men to women representation in the arts for example, highlights quite a jarring disproportion of artist depiction. While 51% of visual artists in present day identify as women, only 28% of museum solo exhibitions actually spotlight them…