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The Female Gaze
January 15 - February 23Free
The Female Gaze by artist Jamie Azevedo is a series of images of the female form in motion, exploring what it feels like to inhabit the female form.
According to Azevedo: All of us are wrapped up in fragile bodies subjected to abuse and annihilation. But we also possess creative minds which can empower and enlighten others. As we females stand on the shoulders of the countless brave women who have helped pave the path towards our own insight and successes, let us remember that we are much more than our bodies. And we cannot not be contained.I hope these portraits remind you that we are resilient, creative energies capable of brilliance, transcendence, and grace. May each generation of women make life inside the female form better for the next.
The exhibition is on display at the MonDak from January 15 to February 23. Azevedo will contribute $50 from each piece sold in the show to an educational scholarship through the Williston State College Foundation to assist in funding a young woman’s studies.
About the artist: Jamie Azevedo grew up in rural North Carolina. Being surrounded by vivid southern characters and romantic landscapes ignited her imagination. Sitting on porches and hearing stories about the ghost in Aunt Sylvia’s farmhouse to the shenanigans of Great Grandmother McCoy’s biscuit throwing at luncheons made her appreciate the art of sharing a good narrative. Her sensitivity and sense of wonder about the world she inhabited also inspired her to want to be a storyteller. While living in Manhattan as a starving actress, she met a sensitive and thoughtful boy who was armed with an ancient Minolta camera and a huge heart. So, she married him. And borrowed his camera. And fell deeply in love with the world of visual art. And him.
Transitioning from the stage to two-dimensional work allowed her to have complete creative control as well as deeply explore themes such as interconnectedness and mutuality. Through this form of telling stories, she is also able to superimpose many of the lovely and funny conversations she has had with others in her work.
She is inspired by the metaphysical world, history, meditation, laughter, mind-bending conversations, the game of “what if,” her amusing family, quirky humans, philosophy, and the ludicrous yet jubilant journey that we are all on together.
Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the United States. Currently, she lives North Dakota with her husband and chocolate lab, ZuZu.