Unraveling Identity by Denise R. Duarte

Unraveling Identity is a socially-engaged, multi-disciplinary exhibition that uses the metaphor of the diversity of plants to illustrate that it is a human construct to narrow the definition of normal regarding sexuality and gender identity. The exhibit’s components will be high relief sculptures in metal mesh window screening, an illustrated and hand-embellished glossary, a socially-engaged creation and an associated artist residency with The Center and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth.

The artwork, Unraveling Gender, is the basis for the exhibit Unraveling Identity’s form and material. Unraveling Gender was composed of a singular high relief bronze and aluminum wall-mounted sculpture of a rosette unraveling across the wall. Perceptions of a binary expression were negated by the material’s composition: aluminum and bronze, an alloy consisting of copper, tin and other metals. Just as gender identity may or may not match a person’s gender expression, the artwork’s true nature was fluid and non-binary. The spotlights created adumbrating smoky shadows, representing the many fluid, non-binary people who have lived and continue to live in the shadows.

Unraveling Identity will add brass and copper into multiple sculptural forms throughout the gallery space providing for a more varied visual experience and will also expand the concept to include sexual orientation. In addition, The Glossary and The Human Tapestry of Gender and Sexual Identity will also be featured in the exhibit.

The Glossary, a hand-embellished, wall-mounted artwork will add context to compare and contrast botanical and human sexuality terminology. It will also be available as a hardcopy (limited number) and a downloadable free ebook on DeniseDuarte.com

A socially-engaged artwork, The Human Tapestry of Gender and Sexual Identity, will be weaved by participants selecting strips of fabric, ribbon, yarn and other materials based on sexual and gender identity signage. The final tapestry will be a reflection of the
varied identities of the participants.

May 24 – July 20, 2019

Reception: May 30, 5:30-8 p.m. 

Monday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM


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