Frances Goodman: Beneath Her
From October 26 to December 23, 2017, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York will present Beneath Her, a solo exhibition by South African artist, Frances Goodman.
“What is a body? Skin, bones, nails, [hair, fat, flesh, muscle], nerves… Is that really all a body is? Nothing, not even something as unique, diverse, personal and ever-changing as our bodies live in a vacuum. The way we shape, decorate and nurture our bodies, the way that we dismantle our bodies into disparate parts, choosing favourites and unfavorites. Our bodies are products and reflections of our world. Nobody is uniform: each one carries its own histories; it holds our traumas and our triumphs… We do things to make our bodies feel good and we do things to make other people feel good about our bodies. The world is always seemingly demanding more from our bodies than we can ever give. Culture: insatiable for perfection. It’s not really about us, is it? ”
In Beneath Her, Frances Goodman continues her ongoing conversation around female identity and autonomy, this time considering the notion of ‘the surface’, and what lies beneath. For the purposes of the exhibition the surface not only refers to the skin, it also alludes to the way a woman presents herself to the world, the image she wishes to portray and the lengths she will go to maintain and perfect the exterior; whilst the ‘beneath’ is both the flesh and bones under the skin as well as the complexity of character and the time, effort and exertion that goes into the ‘making’ of a woman.
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