Carly Silverman: All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

Opening: Friday, Nov 6, 2020 4 – 7 pm
Friday, Nov 6, 2020 – Jan 9, 2021

325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654

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All Dressed Up with Nowhere to Go is a series of watercolors I started at the beginning of the pandemic, during the first stay-at-home orders in New York City. Without having access to my studio and my principal method of oil paint, I began exploring themes of femininity through watercolor, a less workable medium. Instead building upon the canvas using multiple layers and creating an atmospheric haze of a bustling scene, I had to be exact with each brushstroke. Mistakes are much less forgiving with watercolor. The process of watercolor for me became a reflection of my current lifestyle, moving in a meticulous and careful manner.

However different the two processes are, themes of femininity and independence remain a central focus in this series. The subject women, seemingly unaffected by the chaotic world around them, are still able to exude their femininity and power.

- Carly Silverman 2020