Sharon Shapiro at Tanner-Hill

{Poem88} at Tanner-Hill Gallery presents “California,” a new body of work by artist Sharon Shapiro. Shapiro’s paintings and watercolors are drawn from a range of photographic sources and address stereotypical depictions of women.

In this new body of work, Shapiro lovingly reproduces found photos into images of intense sensuality and eroticism. Embracing ideas of sex-positive feminism, Shapiro celebrates the power of female sexuality placing it front and center. Shapiro’s skill as a colorist is put to good use in exploring ideas of femininity and naturalism.

Previously, Shapiro’s composite portraits begged the question to what degree is feminine power hidden in decoration and adornment and in what ways are women complicit in the act of their own objectification.

The work in California discards this ubiquitous conflict in favor of a more forgiving and perhaps more controversial position: is it possible to celebrate sexuality without automatically implying a kind of objectification, what is the distinction between eroticism and pornography and does female authorship fundamentally alter what had previously been an image of patriarchal dominance?

New photographic images accompany the show lending more specific mood and feeling to California. About California, Shapiro says, “I have always loved the idea of California from the time I was very, very young.. and most of the women I paint from old men’s magazines either lived in California or dreamt of living there. It was a complete escape fantasy for me (and many children) from the dysfunctional childhood I had growing up in southern West Virginia of all places!”

The artist will be present for the opening and for an artist talk on March 18 as part of the Westside Arts District 3rd Saturday Art Walk.

Through April 2.

Tanner Hill Gallery
White Provision Building
1170 Howell Mill Road Suite 111
Atlanta, Ga. 30318

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *