When Women Ruled At The Soho20 Gallery In NYC
My print "When Women Ruled" can be seen at the SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea in NYC from July 18th to August 10th, 2013 during the gallery's "Women in Charge!" exhibition.
I was inspired to create this image by the iconic statuette of the Minoan Snake Goddess, c.1600 BC. In researching the history of the statuette I was impressed by this culture in which women held positions of authority in civic and religious life. When a devastating volcanic eruption split the island of Thera in two, the elaborate Minoan palace and buildings were covered in volcanic ash preserving the vivid frescoes with their original colors. When the site was excavated in the 20th century, no human remains were found. It begs the question "When in the last 3 and a half millennium has there been a natural disaster of this magnitude that had no apparent loss of human life?" I consider an exhibit about women in charge being a particularly appropriate venue for this image.
SOHO2O Gallery Chelsea is a non-profit artist run gallery that has been promoting the work of women artists since 1973 through gallery exhibitions and public programming. The opening reception is Thursday, July 18, 6-8pm. On Saturday July 20th the gallery is hosting the "SIGHT unSEEN" tour led by guest artist Diane Churchill starting at 2pm and ending at 3:30pm with a light reception. This free event is open to the public and leads guests to exhibitions around Chelsea that feature women artists and culminates at SOHO20 for an in-depth look at the "Women in Charge!" exhibit. Visit the SOHO20 website for a complete itinerary.