Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present Ettes and Esses, the newest body of work by Oregon-based artist Anna Fidler. The suffix’s, ette and ess, are added to make words feminine. Ette in most languages makes something smaller, diminutive and imitative. Similarly, ess was invented to feminize an occupation thereby implying a difference in social and occupational roles between men and women. In this exhibition, Fidler seeks to reclaim these suffixes by using them to empower the women in compelling, multidimensional works. Imagined Victorian "archeresses" and "parachutresses" practice and do battle in paintings alongside fantastical re-imaginings of historical figures from the distant and recent past. Fidler names as inspirations "the Surrealist, Leonora Carrington; the Scandinavian pioneer of Abstraction, Hilma af Klint; the seventies rock band, The Runaways; early modern dance revolutionaries Isadora Duncan and Loie Fuller; unknown witches, healers, and visionaries throughout the ages." In paintings that are slow and hypnotic in style and mysterious in plot and conclusion, the artist celebrates the historical women whose actions paved the way for greater freedom while asserting a need to draw upon the infinite power of the feminine to continue to push forward. The figures in these carefully constructed works on paper are built up layer upon layer, in the end they at once occupy the scene in which they are set while at the same time transcending it. The result is a series of paintings exquisite in their imagination, detail and construction. This exhibition is not to be missed!
Exhibition Info - Testing
June 1 - July 15, 2017