Come join Dress Shop Gallery on December 15 between 6-10 pm for an opening reception of “Death of a Tail”, an exhibition of new works on paper and canvas by Heather Benjamin.
The subjects of this exhibition are a logical continuation of the larger narrative of Benjamin’s body of work - she explores, through her depictions of half woman, half animal beings in various states of rapture, the female human experience, as she knows it. Benjamin muses on intimacy, sexuality, self-perception, body dysmorphia, and trauma through her avatars. Her work is diaristic, approaching her subjects through the lens of her own personal experience; each work can easily feel like a self portrait. Her women are simultaneously self-assured and crumbled, standing defiantly on their own two hairy legs, yet seeking the shoulder of an empathetic viewer to cry on. Benjamin uses her work to sort through her own trauma and self-analysis, and seeks to give faces, bodies, and narratives to the different facets of her own womanhood. Through that excavation, she reaches for more universal ideas and truths about the relationships people have to each other and to themselves, hoping to guide herself through the abjections and frustrations of her womanhood towards a greater sense of self acceptance and actualization.
“Death of a Tail” marks a departure for Benjamin. Having spent years with her practice firmly rooted in DIY zine and comics culture, her drawings have typically been made with the intent of mass reproduction, through photocopying and screen printing.