A.Sunami Mar/Apr 2013

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  • The Painted Lady Feminist Museum is pleased to bring you "Anasyrma : The Female Body and Power" works by April Sunami.

  • We are extremly proud of this exhibition and can't wait to show you more, but first allow us to introduce our artist April Sunami.

  • Our artist hard at work picking just the right pieces to compliment her work.

  • Dot in her usual supervising position. Dorrie usually naps and leaves all the bossy pants to Dot.

  • "Anasyrma: The Female Body and Power" The concept of the exhibition revolves around the idea of the “nakedness curse” or Anasyrma, the ancient ritual of protest involving a woman exposing her naked body to curse her male viewer. Anasyrma in the context of ancient Greek culture is an erotic and even comic gesture performed more for the pleasure of the performer than the viewer , but I appropriate the term to refer the effectual means of the act. In particular my focus is on African women as anasyrma is a significant act in many traditional cultures throughout Africa. The male viewer who is exposed to “the curse” is at risk of social alienation. From Liberia to Nigeria, women throughout several African nations have brought about positive social change through anasymra. Anasyrma is counter to the pervasive idea of the women’s body as a site of sexual desire, and reproduction. My aim in this body of work was to explore the female body as a site of power, and an agent of change. Through depicting Adrinka symbols, fertility sculptures, and portraits of African goddesses and queens often forgotten by western history I am glorifying the female body, and the female self’s grand ability to bring about social transformation. (Piece shown) Signs & Symbols : DWENNIMEN, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Artist Statement : For several years I have painted women with fanciful hair and/or body coverings (i.e. burka, hijab, veil, etc). When I first started painting this theme I was interested in exploring the beauty of the female face and combining it with flowing shapes to represent hair or the covered form of a body. I’m still engaged in the idea of coupling the abstract with the figurative, but now I’m also preoccupied with the larger theme of contrasts. Representational/abstract, light/dark, high/low, decorative/substantive, symmetry/asymmetry, material/idea, intuition/intellect, power/impotence, Western hegemony/marginalization, universal/specific and process/result are few of the dichotomies to which I attempt to bring balance. As a foundational base of my paintings I utilize oil and acrylic mediums. I render the faces and flesh in oil and I use acrylic to paint the ground palette of the body, clothes, and background. I love the organic and sensual quality of oil paint, but I also appreciate the fast and flexible properties of acrylic. To build texture I use everything including paper beads, collage, fabric, cork, post it notes, potpourri, mirrors, stones, breakaway glass from car accidents, and anything else I can affix to a surface (I’m still working on a good adhesive to incorporate a kitchen sink!). Like most artists, making art is a means of creating emotional and spiritual harmony and thus a means of staying sane. My paintings are an expression of my attempt to bring internal conflicts into balance and agreement. I present it to other people in hopes that it might be a cathartic experience for them. It is my overall objective to create the kind of unity in painting that has a visceral effect on the viewer. Signs & Symbols : ANANSENTONTAN, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • (left) Signs & Symbols :GYE NYAME, Mixed Media, 2013, $18 (right) Signs & Symbols :BIRIBI WO SORO, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Looks like we are the first one's here. Lets have some delicious food!

  • No Dot, we don't want your cat hair all over the food! Geesh.

  • This looks like a comfy place to eat. All done, lets head to the next room, cant wait!

  • Oh wow! This work is so gorgeous and incredibly moving.

  • Looks like someone left their gloves behind.

  • We just love the way the sunlight hits these particular pieces because of their reflective surface.

  • (left) GAZE I, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • (right) GAZE II, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • GAZE III, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • GAZE IV, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • GAZE V, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • I think we might be hanging out in this room for quite a while.

  • There is so much strength in the artists voice we want to spend time listening.

  • Hey! There's little Dorrie!

  • PROTEST V, Mixed media, 2013, $25

  • PROTEST III, Mixed media, 2013, $25

  • We thought we smelled basil!

  • Porch Swing, we will see you later!

  • PROTEST I, Mixed media, 2013, $25

  • PROTEST II, Mixed media, 2013, $25

  • PROTEST IV, Mixed media, 2013, $25

  • Lets head back to the first room and up to the second floor!

  • Oh Look! Two more pieces from the Signs & Symbols Series!

  • Signs & Symbols : MPUANNUM, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Signs & Symbols :NSIREWA, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Oh Look, little Dot is hanging out on the stairs.

  • Lets have a look around!

  • Time for a seat!

  • DZVIZA, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • NEFERTARI, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • CANDANCE Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • OSHUN, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • YEMEYA, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • What's showing in the black box?

  • Fertility VI, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Next room!

  • We love that this exhibition has plenty of places to sit.

  • Mawu, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Songi, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Fertility V, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Nzinga, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Oya, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • We spy the directors office! Let's pop in and say hi.

  • Super clean desk!

  • Oh! It seems we have run into assistants Dot and Dorrie putting the finishing touches on the exhibit. Ladies, where is that snake going?

  • On the second floor balcony, right outside the directors office of course!

  • There are always great pieces on the attic level, lets get a closer look.

  • Nandi, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Fertility III, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Fertility IV, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Dorrie must have snuck past us. Ha! She's rolling around on the faux carpet!

  • Whew, April has been working so hard and we are so proud to be showing her work. She deserves to take her shoes off and relax.

  • Fertility I, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Amina, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Fertility II, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Break time before the porch swing!

  • One last gem! Signs & Symbols: OSRANENE NOSOROMA. Thanks for showing with us April, we think you're brilliant and we count ourselves lucky to know you. XO!

  • The Painted Lady Feminist Museum is pleased to bring you "Anasyrma : The Female Body and Power" works by April Sunami.

  • We are extremly proud of this exhibition and can't wait to show you more, but first allow us to introduce our artist April Sunami.

  • Our artist hard at work picking just the right pieces to compliment her work.

  • Dot in her usual supervising position. Dorrie usually naps and leaves all the bossy pants to Dot.

  • "Anasyrma: The Female Body and Power" The concept of the exhibition revolves around the idea of the “nakedness curse” or Anasyrma, the ancient ritual of protest involving a woman exposing her naked body to curse her male viewer. Anasyrma in the context of ancient Greek culture is an erotic and even comic gesture performed more for the pleasure of the performer than the viewer , but I appropriate the term to refer the effectual means of the act. In particular my focus is on African women as anasyrma is a significant act in many traditional cultures throughout Africa. The male viewer who is exposed to “the curse” is at risk of social alienation. From Liberia to Nigeria, women throughout several African nations have brought about positive social change through anasymra. Anasyrma is counter to the pervasive idea of the women’s body as a site of sexual desire, and reproduction. My aim in this body of work was to explore the female body as a site of power, and an agent of change. Through depicting Adrinka symbols, fertility sculptures, and portraits of African goddesses and queens often forgotten by western history I am glorifying the female body, and the female self’s grand ability to bring about social transformation. (Piece shown) Signs & Symbols : DWENNIMEN, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Artist Statement : For several years I have painted women with fanciful hair and/or body coverings (i.e. burka, hijab, veil, etc). When I first started painting this theme I was interested in exploring the beauty of the female face and combining it with flowing shapes to represent hair or the covered form of a body. I’m still engaged in the idea of coupling the abstract with the figurative, but now I’m also preoccupied with the larger theme of contrasts. Representational/abstract, light/dark, high/low, decorative/substantive, symmetry/asymmetry, material/idea, intuition/intellect, power/impotence, Western hegemony/marginalization, universal/specific and process/result are few of the dichotomies to which I attempt to bring balance. As a foundational base of my paintings I utilize oil and acrylic mediums. I render the faces and flesh in oil and I use acrylic to paint the ground palette of the body, clothes, and background. I love the organic and sensual quality of oil paint, but I also appreciate the fast and flexible properties of acrylic. To build texture I use everything including paper beads, collage, fabric, cork, post it notes, potpourri, mirrors, stones, breakaway glass from car accidents, and anything else I can affix to a surface (I’m still working on a good adhesive to incorporate a kitchen sink!). Like most artists, making art is a means of creating emotional and spiritual harmony and thus a means of staying sane. My paintings are an expression of my attempt to bring internal conflicts into balance and agreement. I present it to other people in hopes that it might be a cathartic experience for them. It is my overall objective to create the kind of unity in painting that has a visceral effect on the viewer. Signs & Symbols : ANANSENTONTAN, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • (left) Signs & Symbols :GYE NYAME, Mixed Media, 2013, $18 (right) Signs & Symbols :BIRIBI WO SORO, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Looks like we are the first one's here. Lets have some delicious food!

  • No Dot, we don't want your cat hair all over the food! Geesh.

  • This looks like a comfy place to eat. All done, lets head to the next room, cant wait!

  • Oh wow! This work is so gorgeous and incredibly moving.

  • Looks like someone left their gloves behind.

  • We just love the way the sunlight hits these particular pieces because of their reflective surface.

  • (left) GAZE I, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • (right) GAZE II, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • GAZE III, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • GAZE IV, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • GAZE V, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • I think we might be hanging out in this room for quite a while.

  • There is so much strength in the artists voice we want to spend time listening.

  • Hey! There's little Dorrie!

  • PROTEST V, Mixed media, 2013, $25

  • PROTEST III, Mixed media, 2013, $25

  • We thought we smelled basil!

  • Porch Swing, we will see you later!

  • PROTEST I, Mixed media, 2013, $25

  • PROTEST II, Mixed media, 2013, $25

  • PROTEST IV, Mixed media, 2013, $25

  • Lets head back to the first room and up to the second floor!

  • Oh Look! Two more pieces from the Signs & Symbols Series!

  • Signs & Symbols : MPUANNUM, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Signs & Symbols :NSIREWA, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Oh Look, little Dot is hanging out on the stairs.

  • Lets have a look around!

  • Time for a seat!

  • DZVIZA, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • NEFERTARI, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • CANDANCE Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • OSHUN, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • YEMEYA, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • What's showing in the black box?

  • Fertility VI, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Next room!

  • We love that this exhibition has plenty of places to sit.

  • Mawu, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Songi, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Fertility V, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Nzinga, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Oya, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • We spy the directors office! Let's pop in and say hi.

  • Super clean desk!

  • Oh! It seems we have run into assistants Dot and Dorrie putting the finishing touches on the exhibit. Ladies, where is that snake going?

  • On the second floor balcony, right outside the directors office of course!

  • There are always great pieces on the attic level, lets get a closer look.

  • Nandi, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Fertility III, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Fertility IV, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Dorrie must have snuck past us. Ha! She's rolling around on the faux carpet!

  • Whew, April has been working so hard and we are so proud to be showing her work. She deserves to take her shoes off and relax.

  • Fertility I, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Amina, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Fertility II, Mixed Media, 2013, $18

  • Break time before the porch swing!

  • One last gem! Signs & Symbols: OSRANENE NOSOROMA. Thanks for showing with us April, we think you're brilliant and we count ourselves lucky to know you. XO!