ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (February 6, 2014) - Omaha native Sally Deskins, will be exhibiting her artwork at the Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery February 12 - 27. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, February 20 from 6pm - 8pm. The exhibit, "What Will Her Kids Think," will showcase her talents in the disciplines of drawing, photographs and body prints.
Deskins, who recently relocated to Morgantown, is heavily inspired by the contemporary artist Wanda Ewing's work challenging society's definition of femininity. Her artwork and written publications which explore womanhood, motherhood and the female figure have been exhibited and published nationally and internationally.
Deskins created this exhibit as a sequel to her first series of body prints entitled "Les Femmes Folles: Voice." "My body prints abstract the female form to see it fresh, conceptually stunning, maybe sensual or sexual, but not ascribing to the cultural-ideals," said the artist. "I use quotes in my body prints from my own musings and from famous and infamous friend-artists and mother-artists, and some who have questioned my way of mothering and artistry. By writing those down and printing over them, it is my way of processing the experience, to figure my way amongst it all. The expressive act hurts no one, and can only do well by sharing, if even one person relates."
According to Deskins, her prints offer an alternative, artistic perspective of the female body that challenges the culture of gender violence and female objectification. "I am interested in the relationship of our inside to its outside; how our appearance both reflects and disguises our inner selves," said Deskins. "My drawings, photographs and body-prints continue to explore this and aspire to turn the outlook of nudity from scrutinized, belittled or distanced to acceptance and affection, as I see it in a feminist, peaceful world. I hope my children think so, too."
The multi-talented Deskins is also the founder and curator of Les Femmes Folles (LFF), an organization designed to promote and celebrate women in all forms, styles and levels of art. Since April 2011, the LFF Blog has featured over 400 women in theatre, music, visual art, writing, performance art and feminist activism. LFF has also curated and hosted four visual exhibits, over a dozen panels, readings and performances, and has published two anthologies of poetry, visual art and interview excerpts which are available at blurb.com. Les Femmes Folles Books, a micro-feminist press, was recently added to the organization and aims to publish one or two titles a year, by invitation only.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Deskins' art has been exhibited in galleries in Omaha, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. Her writings have been published in Certain Circuits, Weave Magazine, Her Kind: A blog by VIDA Women in Literary Arts, CLAP and Whitefish Review.
The Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery is located on the second floor of Shannon Hall and is open to the public 11am-5pm Monday through Wednesday and 5pm-8pm on Thursday. Admission is free.
For more information, please contact the Ohio University Eastern Campus at 740-695-1720.