Waterbury, CT – Contemporary women artists explore intimate and informal relationships in paintings, photographs and video in Where Lies Beauty: The Josephine McMillen and Lois Livingston McMillen Exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. The exhibit began on June 26th and continues to October 24th. The artists in the exhibition confront issues as varied as representation of self, the notion of beauty, and the politics of communication and connection. Artists included in the exhibition:
Mia Brownell takes still life food painting and couples it with science – physics and chemistry. She entwines grapes and pears with the double helix of DNA, circulatory systems and planetary orbits. She considers the value of food as nutrient, as hazard, and as colorful object. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon (BFA) and SUNY/Buffalo (MFA) Brownell is Professor of Art at Southern Connecticut State University.
Leah Joo mediates the gap between public and private spaces utilizing the window as a virtual space between them. For centuries artists have used the curtain as an internal frame on the canvas to serve as a pictorial window. Joo lifts the curtain to tempt us with voyeuristic fascination. Joo is an MFA from Yale and was awarded the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism 2008 Award.
Blacksmith Susan Madacsi fools the eye with her use of material. Her forged steel sculptures belie the industrial history of the material as she forms it into lacey vessels, chunky painted platters and textured totems. Madacsi’s work showcases the claylike qualities of steel. She graduated from Boise State University (BFA) and has demonstrated her technique at many art fairs.
Eleanor Miller’s landscape paintings move beyond realistic depiction to metaphors for the cycle of life. The smudges and drips that veil her scenes are contemporary devices that filter the naturalism of the subjects—Miller works from and creates images that are a mix of memory and life. Miller has earned degrees at Connecticut College, the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Afarin Rahmanifar was trained in her native Iran in the classic art form of miniature painting-the art we associate with illuminated manuscripts. She uses the precise, detailed style in her collage/paintings that juxtapose American consumer imagery with imagery derived from Iranian culture. Rahmanifar holds an MFA from the University of Connecticut and teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University.