Low Brow Artique presents Rewriting Portraiture, featuring the work of Rachel Hayes, Jilly Ballistic, Vahge, and Vexta. This body of work will be on display to the public from November 16th – December 7th with an opening to the public November 16th from 7-10pm.
Working in diverse mediums, Rachel Hays, Jilly Ballistic, Vahge, and Vexta explore portraiture through their bodies of work. Typically the subject of paintings throughout art history, Rewriting Portraiture establishes how those who are the object of desire visually depict their realities. For Jilly Ballistic and Vahge, composites of photography and other mediums make up how they envision the human form. From the gas masked vintage photography and MTA posters of Jilly Ballistic to the paper dolls and Victorian inspired collages of Vahge, these artists choose to illustrate women in a way that is both bizarre and visually entrancing. While these artists use realistic imagery, Rachel Hays and Vexta pair humanity with animals to create intricate metaphors. For Vexta, the bird plays an integral role as a transformative element in her florescent prints. While this work is tied to symbolic metaphors, the juxtaposition of text and imagery in Rachel Hays’ gouache and embroidery is tied to physical relationships. In these pieces, her connections with close friends are rendered with a hand-made care that demonstrates her connectedness with these individuals. Through exploring both metaphor and medium, these artists chose to represent their surroundings in ways that are both deeply personal and diverse.