The works presented examine reality in its raw, personal minutiae; Alexandra Pacula and Sunghee Jang ruminate on scenes of urban complexity and the sense of self in a fast-paced society, while Patricia Taub’s harmonious menagerie inspired by rich traditions of 15th-17th century Duth and Italian painters call for empathy between all living things through themes of animal welfare, conservation and interdependent relationships between animals and humans.
Each artist presents a lens to a particular facet of everyday life concerning issues directly affecting women; lush trees and the seemingly wild landscapes of New Jersey are painted in painstakingly delicate detail by Anita Mazzucca – capturing the beauty of the common, trees that were grey at noontime in March turn golden in the evening in July. Alexandra Averbach, Januet Rickus and Olga Antonova apply geometry, design elements and incredible draftsmanship to intricate still-lifes of objects traditionally of the feminine concern: flowers, fruits, and kitchen utensils. Rickus arranges items with an eye on colors, tones, textures, abstract design, and negative space, with objects overlapping, touching, and leaning to create the feeling and mood of the painting—all done with a dose of affection. Antonova considers the magic in objects around her which she uses to play with light, color and mood.