Donna Festa  •  Janice Mauro  •  Audrey Rhoda

Burdened Women

October 17 – November 15, 2015



fine art of the human form

168 North 6th St. (1 block from Bedford Avenue “L” train)

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

hours: Saturday and Sunday from 1-6PM

Figureworks is pleased to showcase “ Burdened Women” – three artists who have created a body of work around unconventional beauty.  Painters Donna Festa and Audrey Rhoda address the aging process, while sculptor Janice Mauro’s wooden totems accentuate the strength and grace of the supportive female.

Donna Festa

“We all have them.  Those heavy burdens that we carry with us making our shoulders droop.  We push them down, far away from the surface.  Bury them with food, drink, pills.  Meanwhile, they make our hips wider, our hair greyer, our worry lines deeper.  But we manage.  Just manage.”

Janice Mauro

“Being venerable is part of being human, the empowered one being traditionally male. These charming wooden totems have reversed roles, although the attitude and gesture of the figures leave the viewer with wide open interpretation.”

Audrey Rhoda

“In this series, Imperfect Women in Landscape with Attitude, I take a tongue-in-cheek look at what I call the beauty-myth industry. Our society has become obsessed with finding ways to remove the signs of ageing without any reference to the importance of working on your mind. Ageing is an inevitable process and with it comes wisdom and insight into the human condition. These women in my paintings have embraced the ageing process with confidence.  In painting this ongoing series, I am having a lot of fun, discovering each imperfect yet individual persona as she appears in the landscape on my canvas, living her truth.”

Figureworks is located at 168 North 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, one block from the Bedford Avenue “L” train. The gallery is open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 PM and is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary and 20th century fine art of the human form.

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