Curated by Kaede Kusano
December 7-10, 2022
Satellite Project Space
121 Dundas St
Wednesday-Friday 2-7pm, Saturday 12-5pm
Reception: December 9, 5-7pm
Sorority brings together the work of 10 artists and their ruminations on the notion of girlhood. Responding to questions including: “What signals the beginning and end of girlhood; does it ever really end? Is girlhood the loss or embrace of innocence? Who do we become when we are no longer girls?” the works address a multiplicity of concepts related to the experiences and aesthetics of female adolescences and futures. Addressing two distinct markers of girlhood, sweetness and pain, the artists’ meditations construct a complex and intricate vision of what it means to grow up as a girl. Like the experience of girlhood itself, the term sorority evokes both positive and negative connotations about feminine existence; it refers to a sisterhood contested by both joy and affliction. Here, the phrase is used to encompass the collective of artists negotiating the idea of girlhood.
Nostalgic imagery of children’s toys and dolls transport us back to our childhoods and prompt us to reflect on our own youthful memories. The artworks also consider ideas about identity, emotional suppression, and vulnerability; conveying what girlhood feels like and tapping into the guarded depths of the juvenile psyche. Reflections on violence, generational traumas, traditional gender roles, and the loss of innocence also address transformative experiences shared by many young girls and reveal a darkness that often clouds the amusement and thrills of growing up.
Artists showcased in Sorority include Rain Fenek Bloodworth, Steph Dancer, Mariam Fahmy, Megan Goddard, Michael Highway, Reilly Knowles, Lily Li, Delaney Philip, Emma Mary Sked, and Isabella Springett.
Kaede Kusano is a fourth-year student in the Honours Specialization in Art History and Museum Studies program at Western University.
Image: Steph Dancer, When Stuffies Attack