The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly presents an exhibition by Minnesota native Lizzie Wortham.
Wortham’s oil paintings are abstracted representations of girls and young women. Created with a combination of washes, layered brushwork and thick impasto, Wortham’s canvases often play with the rules of pictorial space. Her images are based on her childhood photos, and explore the complex mingling of nostalgia and memory while evoking the vulnerability and unbridled self-absorption of adolescence. About her work, Wortham writes: “In their original forms, the photos I use reveal everyday scenarios, but when painted and collaged, they become the memories of the viewer, constantly creating new, performative definitions of girl-ness.”
Wortham will supplement her exhibition with special workshops for local teen girls, who will investigate images of women and girls throughout history and make their own art based on their experience of the show.
The artist will be present at the opening reception for both shows on Saturday, September 9. The artist will give a gallery talk on Wednesday, September 13 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For gallery hours and more information, please visit http://gallery.stkate.edu/.
Nicole Watson, Director
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