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Unstable Entity: The Artwork of Rebecca Drolen
October 26, 2023, 5:00 pm-7:00 pmFree
The School of Art, Design, and Art History is thrilled to announce its upcoming solo exhibition featuring photographic artist Rebecca Drolen, along with her visiting artist lecture, to be held at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery. Titled ‘Unstable Entity,’ this exhibition will be on display from October 26 to December 14.
‘Unstable Entity’ delves into the realm of photographs and architectural creations, probing the delicate equilibrium and tipping points within the constantly shifting societal expectations regarding female strength, resilience, and bodily performance. The work draws parallels between physical body forms and makeshift assemblages, precariously balanced using everyday construction materials. This juxtaposition serves as a contemplation of the body as an architectural construct and the uncertain benchmarks for what defines a ‘strong woman.’
The collage of forms speculates on the intricate relationship between female strength, intimidation, sexuality, desire, and the individual endurance required to pursue both mental and physical well-being. Female bodybuilders emerge in the artwork as archetypes or idealized figures embodying peak strength and physicality. The artist’s performances revolve around themes of stamina, wavering balance, and the labor involved in simultaneously being both the subject and operator of the photograph. The work presents a montage of layered priorities alongside relentless persistence in adhering to the contemporary standards of femininity, despite its inherent incongruities.