Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon

In the past decade, I have made bodies of work in collage which investigate identity and beauty in women.
It's a remix of various influences that illustrated the roles offered to me as a young woman,
uniting 2 major streams of visual information: old popular magazines with my art history texts.

By looking at them all at the same time, I've seen a way to re-align how women are portrayed, especially beautiful, glamorous women.
I've had my own personal investment with "beauty" as a fashion worker and makeup artist: I'm a critic but also avid participant.
Yet that kind of persona doesn't fit in with the serious stance of archaeology, theory and the story of art.

 "Through the Ages" takes its name from Gardner's "Art Through the Ages," a well known art history text.
The name works here as I am showing work from more than one time and place in this exhibition.
Some pieces look at ancient Egypt, some look at Indian art -
many of the works, including the new "Arrangements," focus on the constructed, cagey, no-room-to-breathe expectations placed on the Modern woman.

I seek to condense time and space, empowering her further.
She goes anywhere, anytime.

Referring to art history texts in the show title is pleasurable because the standard texts were active proponents in the exclusion of women artists in art history.
The show title itself is just another continued effort to rewrite the story.






Eva Lake