Masked/Unmasked Unveiled At Green Scene Gallery
Photographic Exhibit Looks To Women’s Images
Monday, October 10, 2011
Credit: Cathy Alberich
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This past Saturday So Say We All held an opening reception for a new photography exhibit called Masked/Unmasked. The two-woman show features work from San Diego-based artists Adriene Hughes and Rebecca Webb. The exhibit runs through October 31 at the Green Scene Gallery on 30th Street.
Rebecca Webb’s Gentlemen’s Paintings portrays the comfort and conflicts of mid life female identity. Gentlemen’s Paintings (After Goya) is what Webb calls "a comment on societal attitudes about female middle-aged 'appropriateness' according to contemporary societal standards. Women, in their 40s and 50s, face the complicated transition between youth and old age and many struggle to define their public persona and image. Gentlemen’s Paintings is a photographic reflection of this struggle. This project is also a self portrait; a personal exploration of Southern California where for some women, the attainment of a youthful appearance through religious exercise, plastic surgery and or 'inappropriate' dress is the cultural norm. As a middle-aged, urban east coast woman, the process of attempting to assimilate into this new landscape has challenged my notions of what it means to 'age gracefully.'”
Adriene Hughes’ Deer/Woman weaves a fantastic visual tale through masks to examine the relationship between nature and humanity, reevaluating what it means to be human.
The catalyst for Hughes' photo series came while she was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer in 2005 and saw a deer head trophy at a swap meet stall.
"Four years later," she recalls, "I stumbled upon this deer mask and felt instantly drawn to it and started on a series of performative acts using photography. I wanted to explore those feelings I had with that decapitated deer, and give myself a place to start healing from experience of breast cancer. No one every talks about the emotional fallout of survivorship. Going through surgery and chemotherapy is really difficult, though all women put on a face of bravado in order to survive the experience. There are two ways to experience cancer: you either walk through it or you don't, and in order to survive you just have to get through it!"
The exhibit featuring her work and that of Webb just happens to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Rebecca Webb, photographer and film curator for UCSD's Art Power
Adriene Hughes, multi-media artist
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