She Says

And I’m Calm, Calculated and Perfectly Aligned by April Bey
40″x30″; watercolor drawing, acrylic paint, epoxy resin, hand-sewn “African” fabric, oil impasto; 2020. Courtesy of the artist.


She Says: Women, Words, and Power

at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
17 July-24 October 2021

“She Says: Women, Words, and Power” presents the work of eight women artists who include text as a fundamental element of their art practice. Each one engages with text directly, navigating its power and reflecting its influence back to the viewer.

Eyes Closing Now by Zoë Buckman
18″x24″; ink, paper and vintage textiles on paper, framed; 2020. Photo: Thomas Müller. Courtesy of the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London © Zoë Buckman

Each artist starts with a personal history, a narrative that has deep roots in the written word. Words, for them, are internalized and interpreted according to personal experiences, culture, and values. The artists then shape these signifiers of attitude and belief into both the poetic and the political. Words are formed and sculpted within an artwork to find new definitions of identity and power.

Featured artists for this exhibition include April Bey, Zoë Buckman, Cheryl Pope, Lesley Dill, Meg Hitchcock, Sandra Ramos, Hadieh Shafie, and Betty Tompkins.

(text adapted from the museum’s press materials)


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