This April, Brandt-Roberts Galleries will present a three-artist show titled "Alterations: Winnie Sidharta Ambron, Christine D'Epiro Abbott, and Katie Kirk."
Indonesian-American artist and Ohio State University alumna Winnie Sidharta Ambron is based in New York City, School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumna Katie Kirk works in Los Angeles, and Columbus College of Art & Design alumna Christine D'Epiro Abbott lives and works in Columbus. This exhibition features a series of work by each respective artist, in a cross-cultural /cross-country exhibition. The title, Alterations, references the literal, domestic translation of the word, the physical alterations being made to the artists' subjects in their artworks, and of course, the personal alterations being made as contemporary women navigating the world.
Primarily consisting of works on paper, the show will demonstrate how each artist, in her own unique way, creates an extension of herself. Sidharta Ambron focuses on mixed media collage; the process of cutting, editing, layering, reordering, and reassembling parts to create a new whole. These fragmented bodies become impossible to define, and therefore do not transmit the image of an "ideal woman." When creating her abstract paintings, Kirk chooses to use her own body and its relationship to the pictorial surface. Kirk begins with gestural strokes of paint that reflect her body's movements. She then alters her paint application in a variety of ways, sometimes using a screen as a mediator between herself and her work. D'Epiro Abbott creates imaginative works using drawing, printmaking, and collage, which engage the viewer in the intimate act of entering her domestic sphere. Both forgiving and spontaneous in nature, the medium of collage allows Abbot to manipulate her space and celebrate its idiosyncrasies.
All three artists explore the female experience through their transformative artworks. Each woman observes and investigates her physical environment, herself included. She does not do so without giving careful consideration to the ideals that have been put forth by others. What she derives, in essence, is a reconfigured and variegated view of her identity and her place in the world. Alternations opens April 7th with a reception from 5:30 to 8:00. The exhibit will be on view through May 1st. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Michelle Brandt for more information at 614-223-1655.