Just women at Saatchi Gallery...

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03/07/14 - Champagne Life. Thus is the title of the exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London that presents only female artists. It was a curatorial decision based in the fact that not many female emerging artists are able to exhibit their work.  
Julia Wachtel (New York, 1956), a tireless observer of Contemporary popular culture, presents the artwork that gave name to the exhibition: a collection of images of the celebrities seen always in the media. 
Champagne Life, by Julia Wachtel (2014)
Technique: oil and ink on canvas / Measures: 5 panels of 152.4 x 472.4 cm
In the second room, color and Past are united by exaggerated coloring. The artist Sigrid Holmwood (Australia, 1978) focuses on the 19th century, specially in the people living in rural areas, a culture, she believes, has disappeared. With psychedelic hues, there's is a certain comparison to the Hippie movement.
The last peasant-painters peeling potatoes, by Sigrid Hollywood (2007)
Measures: 122 x 142 cm
Sami couple, by Sigrid Hollywood (2007)
Technique: oil on board / Measures: 61 x 75 cm
Old woman hugging a goat, by Sigrid Hollywood (2008)
Technique: tempera and oil on wood / Measures: 122 x 153 cm
Sohelia Sokhanvari, born in Iran, describes her work as a collage of Western and Eastern cultures. Her taxidermic sculptures look like if coming from a magic-realism novel, in which reality and fantasy mingle to reveal deeper concepts, such as those regarding Iranian issues. 
On the other hand, "Moje Sabz" refers to the violent demonstrations held when asking the annulment of the 2009 elections. 
Moje Sabz, by Soheila Sokhanvari (2011)
Taxidermy, fiberglass, automobil paint / Measures: 170 x 230 x 140 cm
Mata Malluh (1959) presents an entire wall covered with burnt cooking pots to refer to globalisation and consumerism in Saudi Arabia, where she was born.
Food for thought, by Mata Malluh (2016)
Materials: 233 burnt pots / Measures: 4.40 x 10 mts
A small blue donkey represents, according to artist Mia Feuer (Canada, 1981), the disasters our actions have caused to Nature. Donkeys are essential so that kids can move around the streets of Palestine.
Jerusalem Donkey, by Mia Feuer (2015)
Technique: macho paper, pigments, rope / Measures: 177.8 x 101.6 x 304.8 cm
The bigger room presents an installation by Alice Anderson (London, 1972): a reel and a skein of exaggerated proportions, made with copper. Worried by the loss of tangibility, Anderson mummifies objects so that they can be remembered forever.
Bound, by Alice Anderson (2011) 
Materials: wood reel and copper thread / Measures: 350 x 248 x 248 cm
181 kilómeters, by Alice Anderson (2015)
Sculptures done after performance. Copper thread. Ball of 200 cm
Room 8 of the gallery contains the sculptures done by Stephanie Quayle (UK, 1982). In "Two Cows", two cows pretend to unite man and nature through the material used: clay, which is so antique as the planet itself, and so easy to work with, which allows to connect with the animal during moulding.
Two Cows, by Stephanie Quayle (2013)
Materials: clay, steel / Measures: 230 x 340 x 170 cm
Finally, Julia Dault (Toronto, 1977) presents a series of objects, assembled completely by herself, effort that can be seen in them. 
Untitled 19, by Julia Dault (2016)
Materials: plexiglass, tambour, boxing straps, strings / Measures: 173 x 148 x 118 cm
Untitled 21, by Julia Dault (2016)
Materials: plexiglass, formica, boxing straps, strings / Measures: 164 x 136 x 89 cm
Although there's not much of a connection between the works, because there is little in common between the artists, it is a very interesting exhibition to visit. Sadly enough, there are no Latin American artists.

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