Exhibit runs: September 19 - October 26, 2019.
Suzy Birstein’s work springs from her fascination with the magic and wisdom of a host of female figures from mythology, fairytale, history, and popular culture. Born of the interplay between aesthetic processes and formed intuitively using fired clay, patina, collage, and oil on canvas, Ladies-Not-Waiting comprises a charming and mysterious sisterhood inspired by Diego Velázquez’s masterpiece Las Meninas (Ladies in Waiting). Unlike the women in Velázquez’s time, Birstein’s contemporary Ladies-Not-Waiting are truly honoured. The CenTauresses are the female equivalent of ancient Greek centaurs, mythological beings who exude mischief and play, healing and mentorship. The costumed Las Meninas are gentle women-warriors nurtured by the past, responsive to the present, and driven by a desire to shape fulfilling destinies for themselves and kindred souls. Cherishing these wise ones, Birstein amalgamates old world majesty and contemporary charisma: think Queen Nefertiti meets Carmen Miranda or Ganesha meets Lady Gaga.