Becky Soria approaches the female and male figures, as well as the figures of animals, less from their familiar outlines and well known shapes, but more from within them. She strives reveal their emotional life, including their pains, pleasures and longings.
The artist focuses on nature as qualified as a female organic form by most ancient cultures. But for the last millennia, the world has been primarily perceived and shaped by the masculine side of the species. Recent history, however, has seen a trend towards a natural reversion to a feminine bias, with women becoming increasingly more crucial to all aspects of society.
These works serve to remind viewers about these issues and others while reinventing the female figure as an emblem for current and future conditions. The juxtaposition between the representations of the animals and plants in compromised conditions and the female form that seems to swallow and revive life infuses aspects of her creation and renders a sense of hope for a future in which the maternal provides a healing force to an ailing planet.
On view through May 31.
Gallery M Squared
339 West 19th St.
Houston, TX 77008
Admission is free.
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