juliet martin saori weaving


My Eyes Are Down Here

Saint Peter's Church
Living Room Gallery (bottom floor)
619 Lexington Avenue, at 54th St.
New York, NY 10022-4610

April 6 - June 27, 2017

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.