Exhibit Dates: February 10 – March 10, 2017
Elegance, grace, and composure; three traits which for centuries have encapsulated the traditional mold of a lady in society. However, in Chambers Austelle’s most recent body of work, Birdcage, these unyielding constraints begin to crumble under the pressure of her subjects’ soul-searching gaze.
Austelle’s juxtaposition of monochromatic, figurative portraits placed into vibrant and surreal environments propels a wide range of her subjects’ thoughts and emotions away from the canvas and into the mind of the viewer. Birdcage evokes a raw and powerful dialogue on the dichotomy of the perceived status of women in today’s world.