Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery Presents Material Woman Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on January 21, 2020

Fri, 24 January 2020 - Sat, 14 March 2020

Michelle Kohler, The Big Plan. Courtesy of Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 24 from 7pm to 9pm

Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 1 from 1pm to 3pm

Curated by Shanti Norris and featuring the artwork of:

  • Karin Birch
  • Margaret Boozer
  • Helen Frederick
  • Amber Robles Gordon
  • Michelle Kohler
  • Kate Kretz
  • Hillary Steele
  • Yuriko Yamaguchi
  • Millicent Young
  • Ying Zhu

Material Woman looks at the possibilities and transformations of the essence of materials by ten artists. Shaping by the hand is ever present in weaving, sewing, bending, cutting, typing, forming – creating new life from inanimate matter.

The artists in Material Woman share an interest in exploration and transformation of everyday materials, some historically associated with feminine hands and some newly provocative and gender free. Each of the artists represented here is an alchemist who transforms the substance of daily life into something that is other, into the mysterious.

The artists are caught between the tensions of materiality and transformative rebirth. They instill life into and out of inanimate objects. Historically this was often done in community, in a circle of women. Healing flows within those circles – into each other, our families and into the community at large. This show celebrates the power of the feminine hand to our lives.

The Joan Hisaoka Gallery is located at 1632 U Street NW.