Arts & Culture
"Bodies of Eve: New Work by Sue Katz" opens this Friday, April 20
By Sonia Farmer
Apr 19, 2012 - 12:49:48 PM


"Bodies of Eve"
New Work by Sue Katz
Friday, April 20, 2012
Central Bank of The Bahamas

Artist Sue Katz

Nassau, Bahamas - The Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery is proud to host the exhibition "Bodies of Eve: New Work by Sue Katz" which opens this Friday, April 20 at 6pm and runs until May 4, 2012.

Journalist Sonia Farmer writes: As one of the essential foundation practices for artists, mastering the human figure allows for the artist to honestly engage with the human form. In the case of local collage and mixed media artist Sue Katz, it’s a chance to use this honest interaction to present the human figure through the lens of societal standards in breathtaking pieces.

Citrex Girl" by Sue Katz

“I’ve always loved figure drawing and I loved the theme I had set out for myself – women in different forms, love for women, the perception of women and femininity,” she said. “For me, the female figure is a lot more interesting to draw.”

“I don’t make figures how I exactly see them or how other people may see them – my figures are exaggerated,” she added. “It’s always been my specific style and I think it has to do with my illustration background.”

Indeed her collection of work on display at The Central Bank of The Bahamas, “Bodies of Eve”, presents anonymous women with distorted bodies in her specific signature style, causing viewers to confront the space between reality and expectation in conversations about the female figure and femininity at large.

"Hey skinny, yer ribs are showing" by Sue Katz

“It’s important to me to take on this subject matter in my work because women struggle with body acceptance issues,” Katz explained. “Ask any woman and she will find problems with herself and I think that’s one of the reasons I don’t make figures as-is. I think that perception is a big problem worldwide, though not too much here – it’s one of the things I really love about being here, that attitude of 'here I am, love me as I am.' But often I see the images of women’s bodies are distorted, and I have a problem with that."

Katz takes this message to the extreme, presenting figures in which thighs, hips and breasts are distorted beyond proportional possibility. The facelessness of these figures conveys the idea of the “every woman”, addressing the very real and shared anxieties of female body shame.............

CLICK HERE to read full article by Sonia Farmer of The Guardian.

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