October 6 — October 29, 2022
First Thursday Art Walk, October 6, 5-8pm
Artist Talk Saturday, October 15, noon
In ‘Les Femmes,’ Swenson presents works on paper and small-scale sculptures inspired by images of Ukrainian refugees and women in the U.S. fighting for abortion rights. These stylized portraits are about perseverance, resilience and strength in numbers.
When the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Swenson was at a residency in eastern France, and felt that the once remote war was suddenly a lot closer. The images of women leaving their country with their children in tow, juggling bags of belongings, and heading into an uncertain future, are the early inspiration for a series of small works exploring some of the feelings that arose from those images.
Back in the U.S., the fear of losing bodily autonomy through the overturning of Roe v. Wade led Swenson to expand that initial work into this collection of stylized portraits that emphasize the numbers of women affected by the ruling, and the beauty of the multi-generational fight for equality.
Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 11am – 4pm, face coverings encouraged (policy subject to change).