A new exhibition by Omaha artist, Monica G. Maxwell, begins with a public opening on August 10th from 5:00-9:00 pm. The exhibition features a series of oil paintings and a photograph. The work will be on display until August 31st. Opening night will also include a piece written and performed by spoken word artist, Olivia Johnson. The evening will close with a talk featuring the women from the paintings. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/2372473582996423/
Designed as an immersive experience, Maxwell, spent two years connecting with inspiring women within Omaha. She learned their stories and worked with them to create compelling visual advocacy. To tell these women’s stories, the artist renders the oil paintings realistically. Realism is a universal visual language that is accessible to everyone.
Each painting stares back at the viewers, challenging conventional views of power and privilege. Emphasizing this point, the artist also features a large-scale photo of a man across from the women and their collective gazes. Asked about the series, Monica Maxwell said, “It is important to boldly address these unnatural disasters to strengthen and bind our community together by evoking compassion and dialogue.”