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April 1, 2023, 3-8pm
Vanguard Sculpture Services
3374 W Hopkins St, Milwaukee, WI 53216  



2023 jurors

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Olivia Lorber

My paintings explore the feminine body and highlight my personal experiences living in one. My work draws attention to the way sexism manifests during childhood, touching on themes of puberty and lurking symbols of motherhood in baby dolls and toys for little girls. My work often includes familiar iconography distinctly tied to growing up in the early 2000s. This era is potent with gender roles and showcased a narrow scope of femininity. Exploring content I indulged in as a young child acts as a way for me to highlight the expectations of girlhood and the hardships that come with it. These combined conceptual focuses are symbolized in hot pink saturated landscapes with distorted bodies, forcing the viewer to take on the role of a bystander in a nostalgic yet uncanny environment.

My wider studio practice is fueled by misogynistic ideologies that circulate on social media, and the artifice of the perfect woman. Painting has become an outlet for me to unpack the swarm of comments I am confronted by daily regarding what a woman should and should not look like, how I should speak, how I should take up as little space as possible, how I should hold my tongue and look pretty but shame on me if a man compliments me and I agree. How femininity exists to please but if it pleases me it’s frivolous and weak. My paintings are filled with objects that represent the feminine self in ways I embrace it and ways I reject it. Being a woman is to wield a double-edged sword and I use my practice to unveil these harsh dualities.

30”x40” in Stretched Canvas = $71
30”x40” in Stretched Canvas = $71
3 Yards of 12 oz Raw Canvas = $20
Professional Acrylic Gesso 32 oz = $30
GAC400 Fabric Stiffener 16 oz = $22
Size 40 Mixed media Flat Paintbrush = $16
X-Acto Utility Knife + Blades = $5
Fine Synthetic Acrylic Brushes = $20
Heavy-Duty Staple Gun + Staples = $27
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics = $11.63 Each/ $69.78
Total: $351.78