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Thedra Cullar-Ledford

Charise Isis

 

Show Statement

 

"cleave" features paintings from Thedra Cullar-Ledford and large-format photographically-printed habotai silks from Charise Isis.

 

“Two years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a bilateral mastectomy, elected not to go through reconstruction, and made angry and emotionally-charged work about it,” said Cullar-Ledford. “I came to realize that breast cancer survivors who defied society’s expectations by not getting reconstruction were (often unintentionally) at the vanguard of a movement that questions the way women are raised, treated and valued. The work in this exhibition, in conjunction with my show at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, reflects a more subtle understanding of these dynamics.”

 

"cleave" also features large-format silk portraits which bring the courage, beauty, and grace of women who have received breast cancer-related mastectomy surgery to life creating a presence that honors those who have braved their scars in front of Charise Isis’s camera. Standing in front of her camera, each women is offered a transformative experience helping their self-acceptance and an opportunity to share their story.

 

“It is an honor to host the work of both artists,” said gallery owner Nicole Longnecker. “The work by Thedra and Charise is important to the women, the viewers, and our community as a whole. Not only are we exhibiting fantastic, beautiful art but we are also projecting a powerful message.”

 

 

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