Artist Talk: Lalla Essaydi & Sally Gall

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On Saturday, February 4th at 11am, Lalla Essaydi and Sally Gall will give artist talks about their work, followed by questions.

In Bullets, Moroccan-born multimedia artist Lalla Essaydi has meticulously sewn thousands of bullet casings together to form intricate mosaic backgrounds. In the foregrounds, her female subjects are adorned in shimmering fabrics and posed to recall (and subvert) Orientalist art; they gaze back at the camera, never as aggressively as in the Bullets series, refusing to be passively “seen.” Juxtapositions between domestic and public, East and West, male and female, combine for a series Essaydi calls “haunted by space, actual and metaphorical, remembered and constructed.”

Sally Gall’s series Aerial reimagines a commonplace, “found object” — hanging laundry — fantastically depicting vibrant floating fabrics against a brilliant blue sky. In front of, or rather above (Gall shoots her found laundry lines from underneath), Gall’s camera, ordinary textiles such as bedding, towels, and clothing take on the forms of sea creatures, amoebas, and flowers. Through these miraculous depictions of intimate objects displayed in a public arena, Gall continues her “photographic investigation of the sensual properties of the natural world.”
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By: Jackson Fine Art Gallery

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