McKenzie Phelps: Silhouettes
November 29, 2017 - March 18, 2018
A graduate of UNO’s art program and a current artist-in-residence at Lincoln’s Lux Arts Center, McKenzie Phelps explores the relationship between traditional and contemporary conceptions of femininity. “As symbols of womanhood,” says Phelps, “quilts are frequently associated with feelings of comfort, safety and nostalgia. But they also represent an outdated and oppressive version of femininity.” Phelps uses patchwork to express that ambivalence. Her silhouettes of stockinged legs in chunky high heels are rendered in familiar quilt patterns like Broken Dishes, Log Cabin, and Grandmother’s Flower Garden, in a palette dominated by pink. Installed side by side, the parade of ownerless (dismembered) legs is frankly pretty and pornographic at the same time.