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Archive for September, 2019

CSULB Art Alumnae in group show Outside Us at Seaver Gallery

Posted on September 6, 2019 by School of Art

Screen Shot 2019-09-06 at 7-1.58.40 AMFour CSULB Art Alumnae are in an exhibition at the Seaver Gallery at Marlborough School in Los Angeles. The show will be called Outside Us and is curated by first CSULB MFA Alumane in Drawing & Painting, Arezoo Bhathania, who also is one of the artists as well. The other artists included are Dawn Ertl and Kimberly Morris, both MFA Sculpture graduates; and Diane Williams who is a BFA Drawing & Painting graduate.

The artists in Outside Us recognize their identity is manufactured through a filter of Western culture. Their art examines the pressure imposed onto them to conform to societal norms such as the Western obsession of the ideal female through constrictive body casts and elaborate weavings referencing the daily routines of women. The idea of deconstructing cultural stereotypes of gender and sexuality is introduced. This is conveyed through the manipulation of recycled materials into a loosely woven, “fluid” and mutable identity, unraveling the origins of biological traits that become observable. The artists also use specific found objects that resonate from their cultural experiences and connect them to their memories. They seek the origins and narratives of what makes them an individual.