Curated by Elizabeth Tinglof
Launch LA September 8 - 29, 2018
J Michael Walker
Douglas Tausik Ryder
FLOAT (Kate Parsons and Ben Vance)
An exhibition of artists who through contemporary interpretation are exploring what it means to portray the female persona. Rediscovering the art of depiction, informed by historic imagery each artist translates their own construction of identity as it questions the face of femininity.
The rendering of the female figure within the context of the history of painting opens dialogues of superiority, fragility, sexuality and how society engages with issues of gender. Both object and subject, the female body in art has been made to convey many aspects of society throughout history.
Portraiture in the widest sense can be defined as the representation of an individual creating the thread of what qualifies as a portrait and how contemporary artists reflect upon this rich yet charged history in their own portrayals of women. Consciously influenced by historic modes of portraiture, these artists create poignant works whose contemporaneity is rooted in their awareness of what has come before.
What does it mean to be a woman?
Elizabeth (age 19), lives in Idylwild, CA with her mother Kaarin Elizabeth and her two younger brothers Wolfgang and Buhdda who are also on the spectrum. With a love of numbers and a prodigy in guitar, at age eleven Elizabeth received a scholarship to attend Idyllwild Arts. She was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at age 14.
Many children with ASD are diagnosed in early childhood. But for others, the signs might not be as clear. It might not be until they’re at primary school or even secondary school that the question of ASD comes up. During these years, social and behavioral differences can become more obvious as children respond to the social and educational challenges of school. Some children with ASD grow up without their condition being recognized. It's never too late to get a diagnosis.
Elizabeth is transgender. Born Kubrick, at the age of 17 she changed her name to Elizabeth and is currently receiving hormone therapy and performing as a woman guitarist. This painting represents "Kubrick" just prior to changing her name. She is seen hiding her body in an oversized coat here at 14. By 17, she has made the decision to change her name and become a "woman".
History: "Male to female" early documentation of transgender individuals:
The Chevalier d'Éon claimed to have been assigned female at birth, and demanded recognition by the government as such. D'Éon claimed to have been raised as a boy because Louis d'Éon de Beaumont could only inherit from his in-laws if he had a son.
King Louis XVI and his court complied with this demand, but required in turn that d'Éon dress appropriately in women's clothing, although d'Éon was allowed to continue to wear the insignia of the Order of Saint-Louis. When the king's offer included funds for a new wardrobe of women's clothes, d'Éon agreed. In 1777, after fourteen months of negotiation, d'Éon returned to France and as punishment was banished to Tonnerre.
The surgeon who examined d'Éon's body attested in their post-mortem certificate, that the Chevalier had "male organs in every respect perfectly formed," while at the same time displaying feminine characteristics. A couple of characteristics described in the certificate were "unusual roundness in the formation of limbs," as well as "breast remarkably full."