The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
September 7–October 27, 2018
In a new series of life-size drawings, the Baltimore-based artist Zoë Charlton uses the concept of the doppelgänger to examine issues of in/visibility in our current society.
Charlton is the recipient of the second annual Wanda D. Ewing Commission, which supports the production and presentation of new work by a woman artist of the African diaspora. Wanda Denise Ewing (1970–2013), the Omaha artist for whom The Union's gallery and commission are named, was influenced by folk-art aesthetics, craft traditions, and the limited depictions of Black women in Western art history and popular culture. Through her art, she celebrated Black bodies and explored the complex interplay of race, gender, and sexuality. The commission was established to carry forth Ewing’s legacy and to create a vital cultural opportunity for Greater Omaha, where narratives of Black female experience are too often absent from the arts discourse.
Image: Zoë Charlton, Les Demoiselles (The Great Outdoors), 2017. Graphite, gouache, acrylic paint, and collage on paper; 94 x 102 inches.