Women don’t tend to get their due in the art world. Art created by women represents a fraction of the work in major museum collections and in important art shows, such as the Whitney Biennial in New York.
It’s a discrepency that exists in Wisconsin, as well. Group photography exhibitions are often dominated by men here, say the organizers of “What She Said: Wisconsin Photography Now,” an exhibition that promises to showcase the work of four women artists who explore issues of identity.
The four Wisconsin artists include Jessie Eisner-Kleyle, whose series “We Were Not Born Women” pairs images with stories collected from women across the country about the definitions of femininity and the objects associated with their transition to womanhood. Jessica Kaminski’s “The Home Project” challenges notions of rootedness and belonging. Jenaille Northey’s “Love Letters” project distorts imagery associated with romance novels. And Nicole Peaslee’s “Fractures” series uses the natural world as metaphor.
“What She Said” is curated by Milwaukee photographers Jessica Z. Schafer and William Zuback. It opens Thursday at Effjay Projects, an increasingly important regional venue founded by former Milwaukee artist Frank Juarez (Get it – Eff-jay?), 604 Erie Ave., Sheboygan. A gallery talk and artists’ reception will be held June 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.