Katarina Riesing Explores Feminist Reawakenings and Sensuality in "She Shed"
Reflecting on the spaces where females can be themselves.
Contemporary art space Asya Geisberg Gallery introduces “She Shed,” its second exhibition with American artist Katarina Riesing. The series of intimate and passionate canvases reflect on the spaces where females can be themselves through the metaphor of shedding one’s skin, clothes, masks and burdens.
“She Shed” explores the confluence of the sexy and the grotesque, partly inspired by two works of feminist literature, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Carmen Maria Machado’s Real Women Have Bodies. Riesing’s new paintings on silk are hand-painted with dye and painstakingly sewn, which makes her elusive figures emerge from the surface. She also makes use of optical tricks to draw the viewer’s attention even further.
Patterns, veils and patterns tattooed onto skin take the spotlight in the showcase, yet at a deeper level, the artist meditates on her own experience with solitude and how the stories that emerge teeter between magic and madness, delving into the dual twofold of introspection, feminist reawakening and sensuality.
“She Shed” by Katarina Riesing is on view at Asya Geisberg Gallery from April 20 until May 27. Take a look at some of the showcased works in the gallery above.
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Asya Geisberg Gallery
537 W 23rd St