Exhibition explores female depiction in art

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Invercargill Public Art Gallery manager/curator Sarah Brown with Rita Angus' circa 1966 oil on canvas board painting Portrait of Jean, which features in the exhibition She: A Celebration of Female Depiction From The Collection.

THE beauty and diversity of female depiction is being celebrated in the Invercargill Public Art Gallery’s latest exhibition.

She: A Celebration of Female Depiction From The Collection opened at the gallery on Tuesday and is on until Saturday, August 19.

Manager/curator Sarah Brown said it was the third collection-based exhibition in the Don St gallery.

She features 47 works including paintings and sculpture, which showcase women and how they were represented in several different eras. Artists include well-known New Zealand painters Charles F Goldie and Rita Angus.

“We really just want it to be a celebration of the way women have been depicted throughout the years.”

Brown said after becoming a mother last year, she had become increasingly aware of the role the media and the entertainment industry played in showing women and girls an idealised version of how they should look.

“I want my daughter to grow up knowing there is huge diversity as to how females actually look.”

She said when she looked through the gallery’s collection she found a really varied array of works which depicted women. This included young girls, elderly women, different ethnicities and a variety of nudes portraying different body types.

“It’s putting a different lens on it and looking at [the collection] in a different way than we’ve done before.”

Also included is artist Stephen Crowther’s depiction of a model on the front cover of a magazine.

“I don’t want to suggest that such a depiction is wrong, as some women do look like that. I just want to show that there is huge diversity and celebrate them all,” she said.

“I’m hoping people will be able to come in and find something they relate to.”

An official opening will be held at the gallery, 5 Don St, tomorrow, July 14, at 6pm. All welcome.

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