My Eyes Are Down Here
19 Everett Alley
Trenton, NJ 08611
January 21 - February 18
Reception: January 28, 6-8pm
ARTIST TALK at Artworks
February 4, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Juliet Martin and Katelyn Liepins
“Don’t look at me that way.” Headless, hand-woven female bodies own the room, challenge you to look away. These ladies glare back at objectifying eyes. These ladies won’t be objects. These ladies own the gallery with pride, not shame; strength, not fear. Gender power is symmetric here.
Out-of-place eyes and domineering arrows direct the gaze to improper places without wasting any time. There certainly isn’t a head on her shoulders. Is her brain elsewhere? The body is forced to become the identity.
The walls are lined with body-costumes, female figures draped on coat hangers. Fallopian pillows will be scattered around the room. Sewn-on eyes will look back at viewers, daring them to protest.
“When you look down there, I’ll look right back.” Don’t stare. I’ll make it easy for you.