The Fuller Projects presents Roses & Wallflowers, a collection of works by Phillisha D. Wathen.
Show begins at 7:30pm
Phillisha Wathen received her BFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2015. She completed an intensive print and bookmaking program at the Scuola Internationale di Grafica in Venice, Italy for which she was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Her work has been exhibited at the Grunwald Gallery of Art in Bloomington, Indiana as well as the Graafika Festival in Kunstnike Maja, Parnu, Estonia. She is currently working towards completing the Masters of Arts in Arts Administration program at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Phillisha's work depicts monstrous women proudly displaying not only their sexuality but also their natural curves and weight. The monstrous aspects of their figures symbolize the popular negative attitudes held towards the natural female body while the images as a whole serve as a message of strength and the embracing of one’s so-called flaws. The figures being portrayed are not objects to be sexualized by the viewer, but rather function as symbols of pride and ownership over one’s body image and external persona. The paintings serve as parables of how society and can use the power of perception to type-cast, demean, and isolate individual women based on our own generalized understanding of what it means to be a woman.
The puzzle serves as an enticement to socially engage with Phillisha's work. It also functions as a symbolic reference to the act of getting to know a woman for who she is both sexually, mentally, and physically. With each piece, the viewer furthers their engagement with her painted women and has the opportunity to come to a better understanding of who the women depicted are as a whole rather than judging them solely based on their many little parts.
The Fuller Projects is an exhibition venue with the primary mission of providing contemporary emerging artists with the opportunity to propose, create and present new work. This is a venue where artists are able to experiment with concepts, materials, working processes and audience interaction, which may fall outside of their normal practice. Established in 2002 by Indiana University School of Fine Arts students and located in the McCalla Sculpture building. The Fuller Projects encourages dialogue on art within the university, the community of Bloomington, and the contemporary art field.