Even after years of working at the museum, I never tire of wandering through the permanent collection on the second floor of the Renwick Gallery, taking in the artworks just like any other visitor. The other day, I stole a few moments at lunchtime to visit some of my favorites—Judith Schaechter’s divinely detailed The Birth of Eve, Kathryn Clark’s familiar map of Capitol Hill stitched into the Washington, D.C. Foreclosure Quilt, Debra Baxter’s cheeky crystal and brass knuckle devil horns—when I noticed an unusual jewelry piece that I had never seen before, and that ended up completely taking me by surprise.
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Feminist painter Daena Title is best known for her obsession with the seductive force of modern female icons. Her figurative work examines societal trends and influences, especially as they impact women. She finds Beauty Pageant contestants particularly problematic. They’re admirable, but objectified. And why are they all so gosh darn happy? Using oil paint, mixed media or acrylics on canvas,Title shows us her deep ambivalence towards society’s emphasis on youth and beauty, and her musings about the lines between empowerment and exploitation; external approval and self respect; lunacy and joy.
Now in Los Angeles, transplanted New Yorker Title has shown her work in gallery, museum spaces and art fairs since 1998 including her recent solo show at the Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. She is proud that her work has been featured in several PoetsArtists shows and publications, is part of the Brooklyn Museum Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Online Feminist Art base and the Tullman Collection of Chicago. She is affiliated with Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, Carter Burden Gallery in NYC, and Sirona Fine Arts gallery in Hallandale, FL. Please see more of Title’s work at www.daenatitle.com
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oil on canvas