In the exhibition, Figuratively Speaking, three artists presented the human figure in very different ways. In her work, Elizabeth F. Leeor (Norfolk, VA) explores the topic of childhood. Although children are commonly used as subjects, the artist shows their instinctual behavior as opposed to other thematic approaches. Her use of found objects adds to the work’s dimensional quality and enhances its meaning.
Through her digitally manipulated photographs, Rhona Shand (Pittsburg, KS) showed how we are mentally, physically and emotionally transformed by our environment and the standards set by our family and friends. In her work, the artist portrays the human figure, not as a complete form, but as an ever-changing entity that is susceptible to unforeseen forces. She explores the perception of “self” and how it is constantly evolving.
Susan Powell Tolbert (Norfolk, VA) offered tightly cropped portraits of family and friends. Created in oil, the paint is applied in semitransparent layers in order to give colors depth and dimension. In this series, the artist is more interested in the creative process than she is in creating an exact likeness of the model or depicting inner character.