Power in Beauty: Daisy Giles’ Gallery Show Captures Black Women’s Complexity Thursday 21 June, 2012
Dear Live Unchained world, The time has finally arrived. My first solo gallery show – and it’s been a great success so far! I almost can’t believe it. The show is a portrait show. I have always loved to create portraits, expressing what I like to think is the true nature of my subjects, unfettered [...]
Dear Live Unchained world,
The time has finally arrived. My first solo gallery show – and it’s been a great success so far! I almost can’t believe it.
The show is a portrait show. I have always loved to create portraits, expressing what I like to think is the true nature of my subjects, unfettered by physical or social limitations. I paint them as who I see them truly to be.
I gathered women that I knew well and some that were merely acquaintances. All women hold a certain Je ne sais quoi for me, and I suppose my goal is always to express in paint that “quoi” that always seems to elude us. I am not and have never been the type to call all women or even myself queens or goddesses because we aren’t and in addition I feel like it oversimplifies the complexities of women. I like finding the beauty and the mystery in my subjects, expressing the femininity and strength, but in a subtle way that still leaves viewers and at least leaves me wondering more about that person.
I am especially passionate about creating these types of portraits of black women to counter the oversexualized and oversimplified images that I see of black women in art every day. I think that we have been so traumatized as a culture that we feel that we have to prove that we are sexy and desirable and important as black women. I think it has caused a bit of overkill in a way that can have an adverse effect. I do my best to take great care with my portraits and my nudes to express the sensuality and complexity while not limiting them to sexual beings. That is very important to me. I don’t only paint women of color, but it is definitely a focus of mine for that specific reason and the inspiration behind my interest in portraiture and the motivation for my exhibition.
I am so excited for this show because it features both African and African-American women, European American women, Asian and Asian American women, Middle-Eastern and West Indian women, and of course the multi-racial women like myself. I have 32 fantastic models to thank for helping me to put on this show and create the work that I did.
After this show, I will be taking a break from painting to pursue jewelry and doll making which I am very excited about! Painting has and will always be my first love, however I feel that I need to express my creativity in other realms for some time to be able to continue to grow. I know that I will always come back to portraiture and painting so definitely keep on the look out.
Thanks to George and Beverly of Homewood for allowing me to show there. I absolutely can’t wait for the show!
Please mark your calendars – I would love to see you again if you already came or for the first time if you couldn’t make it before! Come at any time throughout the night between 6 – 10pm Friday June 22nd, but the show will be closing promptly at 10 to respect the neighbors near the gallery.
Bring your own friends and family, and feel free to share with others even if you are unable to come.
I again will have paintings, prints, and jewelry for sale. It is going to be a fun night of music, food and art! I hope to see you there!
The show runs through June 27th at Homewood Studios.
Normal gallery hours are as follows if you can’t make it to the closing.
Tuesday 5-9 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 1-6 p.m.
Saturday 1-4 p.m.
Thank you for coming along for the ride!
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