Metro Micro Gallery Presents Dafna Steinberg Diary of a Self Important Fat Girl

By Editorial Team on May 21, 2018

Sat, May 26 2018 — Sat, June 30 2018

Photo courtesy of Metro Micro Gallery.
Currently on view 24/7.

These works are a re-imagining of memories through personal photographs and writings from over the years. They are manifestations of how the artist feels towards relationships, love, her body and self worth. The words are a combination of lines from prose poetry that she has written, from text messages and exchanged and remembered tidbits of conversations.

“The images were all taken using my iPhone and, in most cases, were originally shared on the social media platforms Instagram and Facebook. Once the pieces were collaged together, they were scanned and re-shared on Instagram. I referred to the works as “experiments” and thought of the photograph (not the collage) as the finished work. The idea of crafting memories and then sharing them with a large audience appealed to me. Also the idea of creating a digital work from a hand cut collage was something I was interested in exploring.”- Sternberg.

Jay Hendrick is Metro Micro Gallery’s Pay it Forward Curator for this exhibit, which is a position at Metro Micro Gallery that is earned and gives previous exhibiting artists an opportunity to continue to grow and give back. Hendrick exhibited in fall of 2017. “I wanted to work with Dafna because her experiences are outside my own and her work challenges me. I hope I can learn from her work and become more empathetic and willing to grow.” -Hendrick

Dafna Steinberg is a native of Washington, DC. A graduate of Hampshire College, the International Center of Photography, and Goldsmiths, University of London, she has exhibited in and curated challenging thematic shows in America and abroad. Ms. Steinberg has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Sou’wester (Seaview, WA) and Starry Night Artist Retreat (Truth or Consequences, NM). She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at Ford Gallery (Portland), Arc Gallery and Studios (San Francisco), Flashpoint Gallery (DC), the Katzen Arts Center (DC), Lunchbox Gallery (Miami), SOHO20Gallery (NYC), Woolley Mammoth Theater (DC) and the International Center of Photography School (NYC). In May of 2018,. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College.

Jay Hendrick (born Lubbock, TX) lives and works in Fairfax, VA. His work has been shown in the USA, England, and Japan. He was featured in New American Painting 106. He received a Bachelors of Applied Studies and Bachelors of Fine Art from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX in 2011 and 2012. Hendrick received a Masters of Fine Art from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in 2015. He teaches at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA and the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA.

Barbara Januszkiewicz is the Metro Micro Gallery’s founder and sponsor. This is part of the outreach of her studio practice that includes mentorships within the creative community. Guest curators are invited to help with this effort in supporting public awareness for visual art practitioners. Pay it forward.

Metro Micro Gallery is committed in creating opportunities that will inspire more creative collaborations and enrich our community. An experimental gallery that encourages creative collaborations and a respect for diversity through inclusive, non-conventional exhibits and showcases. A small space with big mission, the Metro Micro Gallery offers exhibits and programs to strengthen and sustain our community.

This Program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

Metro Micro Gallery is located at 3409 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. For more information, visit