The Femin • Is exhibition presents the visual component of a year-long project by artist Rachelle Gardner-Roe. This series of portraits is derived from interviews that Gardner-Roe continues to publish on the KC Art Pie podcast (www.kcartpie.com) of creative self-identifying women. Each participant collaborated to create their portrait by selecting a text of personal or historical significance. Through writing, Gardner-Roe used the submitted poetry, essays, mantras, and more to create imagery reflecting portraiture conceived not of photographic likeness, but rather, an expression of identity through values and ideas.
This process allowed the Gardner-Roe to further learn, beyond the direct interviews, what inspired and influenced the women who came before her as well as those working alongside her. The goal is to present a body of work that dives beyond the superficial and aspires to this: May we be defined by that which we hold dear and hold to be true.
Portraits of individuals include: Philomene Bennett Shea Gordon Cyncha Jeansonne Elisabeth Kirsch Janet Kuemmerlein Jennifer Lapke Pfeifer - Rightfully Sewn Ke-Sook Lee Linda Lighton Paula Rose Rosy's Bar & Grill - Joyce Downing, Linda Kay Davis, Carol Smith, Tamara Severns The Wild Women of Kansas City - Geneva Price, Millie Edwards Nottingham, Lori Tucker Gloria Vando Hickok
This project is supported by an Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC.