Configured has been created especially for the Forrester Gallery, Ōamaru and continues a dialogue begun in 2017 with new work from Kiri Mitchell, Sarah Baird and Michele Beevors. The exhibition will focus on contemporary ideas surrounding; care and nurture, body image revolution, and popular culture and performing versions of femininity.
This is the second exhibition in a series that began with Reconfigure and the symposium Figuration and Feminism held at 20 Atkinson Street Dunedin and the Dunedin School of Art in 2017. Reconfigure was a conversation between three artists willing to discuss perceived taboos around representations of the female form. The premise of the initial exhibition was to reinvigorate the landmark historical enterprise of ‘Womanhouse’ initiated in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro and to examine representations of women by women to see what, if anything, had changed.
Image: Michele Beevors, Technicolor Yawn (studio view) 2020, soft toys steel and wood.