Kreuser Gallery is proud to present …
a child’s drawing
a cow’s head carried by a girl
feet scurrying under skirts
Simple images I created and adapted for years without realizing I was collecting them. Some of these figures appeared first in paintings and others in relief prints. A year ago I showed a friend a few sketches of these figures. She said it reminded her of Nancy Spero’s work. I was unfamiliar with Spero but after learning a little I began to see my group of icon-like female figures as a collection that I’d never looked at in relation to itself.
This show is a first attempt to do just that—to juxtapose the figures and look at them as a whole. Spero’s work has been called a reappropriation of the female figure. My work with the female figure I believe is more of an ongoing negotiation.
Carving the lines
The circle (or moon) theme emerged while I was working with the idea of a Vitruvian Woman. Not a new idea, but I at the exact same time a group of naked women posed in front of the Republican National Convention holding circular mirrors (yes they were organized by Spencer Tunick but I was struck by the presence of the women in the photographs, not the artist behind the camera). I knew I wanted to work with this image, whatever it was.
I incorporated that element in this work and focussed on the center—what is the center of the figure? I drew it first as a simple circle. I was thinking of it as a mirror, but viewers supplied other content: earth, the void, empty chi…..
I started this project with collage and paint expecting to use a lot of layering and complication. I soon found that I wanted to make the marks as hard as I could, to incise them deeply, to cut them into the support. Carving artist boards designed for painting (mainly with a utility blade) forced me to keep to the simplest of lines and spaces.
The man in the moon
Does the moon appear female to you? If so, I’m sure you can think of several theories why. I started with language. In Latin the word “luna” is feminine and so, in Romance languages derived from Latin—la lune, la luna—the gender follows.
But in German it’s the opposite—der Mond is a masculine moon, as is Yareach in Hebrew and alquamar in Arabic. And many many languages on this world do not gender their nouns. In all my nursery rhyme books as a child, the moon was a smiling crescent, always yellow and always male.
The images in this show have a variety of traditional roots. I used my studio process of working with them to question and think about why and how human cultures have chosen to give an orbiting rock, an astronomical object, a gender.
Nethery works predominantly in the medium of painting and printmaking but often transfers and layers images onto fabrics, glass and other materials. She completed an MFA at the Transart Institutue (with Plymouth University, UK) in 2014. She also holds an MA in History and is a professional librarian. Nethery often uses material and perspectives from these disciplines as the starting point for her art explorations. She maintains a studio in the Saks Building in Colorado Springs.
Previous exhibitions include:
2015 Legs, solo show at Kreuser Galerie, Colorado Springs
2014 Intermezzo #2 Mila Kunst Galerie Berlin, Germany
2013 Popup Art Show, Supermarkt, Berlin, Germany
2011 International Harmony for Peace, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
2007 Faces & Figures: a father-daughter show, Artist Lair, Colorado Springs