He, she, they, as I observe them, a solo exhibition by Maria Monterde

Portrait of Hunter, 2018
He, she, they, as I observe them, a solo exhibition by Maria Monterde


Tuesday, April 17–Saturday, April 28, 2018
Artist reception Friday, April 27, 2018, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Carlos Gallery, Nabit Building
Artist talk Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:30-12:00 p.m., Convocation Hall


The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at the University of the South is pleased to present He, she, they, as I observe them, an exhibition of mixed-media works and drawings by Art Honors candidate (2018), Maria Monterde.


Using photography, drawing, and fabric sculpture, Monterde’s work explores the concepts of gender identities, expressions, and stereotypes. “By reversing the gender binary system already in place: male and female, blue and pink, masculine and feminine, etc., I highlight the restrictive nature of the male and female gender binary.” What might be seen as a “masculine” face is colored in pink tones, for example, while a more perceivably “feminine” face is depicted in blues. Portraits, composed of “gendered” fabrics, materials, and colors, investigate outward presentation as an expression of identity, while figure drawings on translucent paper look at the gendering of body parts and the assumptions that might come with physical identifiers.


He, she, they, as I observe them places us in a broader conversation about cultural definitions of gender, and reframes our expectations of, and around, identity expression.