Silver Horseshoe brings together 9 female artists working in a range of media to address concepts of femininity as they exist as an art-historical trope, a compositional strategy, and a cultural manifestation. Much of the exhibition focuses on the geometry of these representations, the lines and forms, justly or not, associated with femme figuration.
While cognizant of the challenges of gender specificity, Silver Horseshoe hopes to celebrate the many rituals ingrained into the everyday practices of female identification and the commonalities among people haunted by objects and imagery strangely recognized as feminine in nature. In mythology and folklore, silver is often associated with the moon, goddesses of the night, the unconscious, and the feminine. Long considered a purifying element with the ability to ward off evil, silver is still used in medicine today, but is often treated as a decorative metal rather than a utilitarian one.
Silver Horseshoe is a symbol that represents femininity more in its infinite nuance than its idealism. As paradoxical as the female experience in contemporary life, Silver Horseshoe implies simultaneously an object of strength and deterioration, decoration and practicality, and myth and historicity. Perhaps the most common art historical theme, femininity as a cultural concept retains relevance only in its refusal to be strictly defined.
Video by Somer Stampley and Sardé Hardie
Cakes by (Lulu) Bodega Cakes