Review: Stutz's 'In the Skin We're In'

Artwork by Susan Brewer appears in this Stutz installation.

3 stars

StutzArtSpace; through Oct. 28.

Thirteen female artists, all with studios in the Stutz Building, provoke dialogue about identity, particularly exploring their experiences as artists and women. Being comfortable (or not) in one's own skin is the show's theme, a sequel to Voices: Women of a Certain Age displayed last October. The event honors National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with sales partially benefitting the Pink Ribbon Connection.

The range of paintings, prints, jewelry, ceramics, and 2D mixed media are heartfelt and successful to varying degrees. Julie Candler Perigo's "Delicate Balance" sculpture is a standout self-portrait conveying the stress of dealing with multiple responsibilities. A well-crafted ceramic head with red hair blown aggressively against clenched cheeks sits atop abstract, geometric figured forms. Tied and staked to a wood platform, the figure appears perpetually poised, but perhaps one more thing could send her toppling.

Carol L. Myers continues to experiment with printmaking processes, branching into encaustic monotype to create strongly abstract, rhythmic, and meditatively shimmering surfaces of waxy colors and suggested homey forms in "Everyday Shrine." "Come Along Little Sister" by Janett Marie, a loosely abstract 2D mixed media work, has just the right cropping of two girls in red patterned dresses, creating a dynamic narrative: Which sister is being pushed or pulled? In Jane Knight's "deVine Boxes," I want more push and pull between the spaces of the finger-painted growing grape vines.

To learn more about this event, visit stutzartists.com.

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