Female perspectives on female bodies

The newest Fine Arts Building exhibit is a collection of art depicting the female body from a female-only point of view. “Bodies Under Pressure,” located in the Kimura Gallery, opened Jan. 29 and will run until March 9.

The “Bodies Under Pressure” exhibit at the Kimura Gallery in the Fine Arts Building showcases art that focuses on the female body from all-female artists. The gallery will run until March 9. Photo credit: Jay Guzman

The exhibit focuses on experiences of the body in everyday life with the artwork presented by women, solely in the medium of printmaking.

“We [in general] don’t really pay attention to the body unless it is under some kind of stress: psychological stress, physical stress or injury or illness of some kind,” Riva Symko, assistant art history professor and curator of the Kimura Gallery, said.

Symko selected the artists to be showcased. The artists are from all over the United States and Canada. There are five showcased artists and a portfolio of 10 prints from 10 different artists. The art ranges from black and white x-ray-like prints to a display of delicate, small, paper prints to colorful and vibrant detailed pieces of the human body.

Darian Goldin Stahl, printmaking artist, has been interested the history of human anatomy and the way it is presented. She is showcasing her art with impressions of her own body accompanied with the MRI scans from her sister, who has multiple sclerosis.

“I am honored to be a part of an exhibition about women, by women,” Stahl said. “In my personal topic, I have found women’s bodies have been largely absent from medical texts and research. I hope to be a part of a future where women’s health and full representation is taken seriously, and I believe ‘Bodies Under Pressure’ is a part of this cultural transformation.”

Stahl is currently working toward her Ph.D. in humanities at Concordia University in Montreal.

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“Right now the topic is somewhat timely, considering that women’s bodies are in the media in a new way right now with the #MeToo movement and the allegations against Harvey Weinstein; which actually happened after I conceived the idea of this show, which goes to show that these issues with women representing themselves in the world have been percolating for a long time,” Symko said.

Symko will host a short walk-through of the exhibit to point out some of her favorites and interesting facts on March 1, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

The Kimura Gallery is located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building.