Schlesinger Center’s Fisher Gallery Presents Kirsty Little Peculiar Feminine

By Editorial Team on January 21, 2020

Sat, 25 January 2020 - Sun, 15 March 2020

Courtesy of Fisher Gallery.
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25 from 2pm to 4pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, March 7 from 1pm to 3pm

Merriam-Webster Medical Definition of feminine

  1. female 2. characteristic of or appropriate or peculiar to women.

Drawing influences from the voracious behavior of the Venus fly trap and the myth of Vagina Dentata, Ms.Little interprets women’s fierce strength of peculiarity by using pure white porcelain fired to form feminine influenced shapes. They are tinted with soft ink, pierced with wax dipped wires and some are elegantly poised on pillows. These sculptures are somewhat floral, anatomical, or a delicate balance of the two. Using velvet pillows and ribbons echoes women’s historical apparel.

Using rebar tie wire that was typically considered part of men’s work, Ms Little manipulates the tough steel with tools to weave it in a traditional women’s style. She blends tender elements such as velvet and ribbon associated with women’s clothing in counterpoint to the woven steel. She adds wax to further soften the steel echoing the practice of handmade candle making. When using these materials, Ms.Little intentionally softens the appearance of the steel while maintaining its inherent strength, echoing the unsung role of women in the home.

Peculiar Feminine is reflective of woman’s struggle for equality in today’s progressive world, where the impossibility of making and using the woven work for its presumed intended task reflects the disconnect women face when silently asking for recognition and respect in the work place and society.

Kirsty Little is a former Circus aerialist based in the UK for two decades when a move to USA in 2011 led her to find a new path in the art world and change her style of performance. She is drawn to working with themes of motherhood, organic anatomy and the struggling environment.

Public Hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 10am to 4pm

The Schlesinger Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA, 22311. For additional information please contact the gallery director Mary Welch Higgins at