During the month of March and through mid-April, in honor of Women’s History Month, 1stdibs Gallery dealer, Babou New York will be featuring a selection of contemporary female artists’ work in their gallery. Artists represented include painters Irina Alimanestianu and Michele D’ermo, photographer Julia Gillard and multi-media artist Sandra Shashou. All works are for sale.
Irina Alimanestianu’s painting process is inspired by human connection. Through our cultural heritage and appropriating iconography of world religions and pop culture she seeks to further understand our being in our non-verbal collective history, exploring it through animism and biomorphic shapes. These connections are distilled into the raw energy of our beings, manifested through the language of abstraction.
The origins of painter Michele D’ermo’s work is the interweaving of memory and imagination. Rather than rendering an actual moment in time she evokes the feeling of a memory and paints an image that is both timeless and place-less. D’ermo’s themes are more remembered sensations rather than direct observations of nature.
Julia Gillard is a street photographer born in Chicago and living in New York. Her photographs look at American culture through the lens of where we gather and who and what we celebrate, revealing our social and emotional identities.
Sandra Shashou’s, latest work, Broken, comprises of arrangements of smashed fragments of vintage bone china and porcelain figurines from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. In Shashou’s creative recklessness, there is a comprehensive logic to her deliberate madness.
Broken references bravery and courage, rebuilding, after devastation. Like rebuilding yourself after a broken love.
“I see great beauty in vulnerability and fragility, in truth that is how we reveal ourselves and really connect,” Shashou states. “In a society seeking an image of perfection, Broken has no flimsy facades.” Shashou’s calculated disintegration and simultaneous resuscitation of these inanimate objects is bewilderingly beautiful. Mesmerizing almost, as your eye is drawn to the dynamics of so many shards of protruding porcelain resting on one another, committed to rebuilding with the broken shards one by one in a series of dramatic and positively innovative works. The final configuration becomes a powerful, extraordinary, luxurious and profoundly complex form, with an intricate, attractive spill of decadent colors and splintered shapes.