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Art Exhibit Rise Of The Phoenix – El Ascenso De La Fénix

Artist Studio Project Presents: Rise Of The Phoenix – El Ascenso de La Fénix Art Exhibit
An Exhibit Honoring Women

The tentative dates of the exhibit: May 11 – August, 2018
(opening reception date still TBD)

Andrea DeJesus
Andrea De Jesus

Including a special community display honoring females of all ages.



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Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo

“I make work about the lives of women in their entirety and about the stories surrounding them”

Bio: I did my undergraduate work at Davidson college majoring in English Literature and Visual Art. Afterward I worked as a scenic designer and artist on a feature film in New Orleans, and the West Indies before coming to Chapel Hill to begin a Masters of Fine Arts program.



Artist Statement:

Woman-Friend, n.(My own definition).

  1. Coming from the term woman, referring to a human woman who may or may not fit the socially limited perspective of feminine as being a pelvis that contains a vaginal canal, cervix, uterus, and ovaries.
  1. A life giving, deeply intimate (whether sexually or non-sexually) relationship between women. A companion of struggle. Of a woman’s sphere. An expression of appreciation and love of woman culture and woman experience as in Alice Walker’s appreciation of Womanist and
  1. Separate from the term “girlfriends.” A rejection/surpassing of girlhood/childhood implications of that relationship. Implies a whole person and a whole adult. Not about games or play. Rejection of the diminished perspective that we hold socially regarding the relationships between women.
  1. Rejection of the notion that women are viewed through their attachments and relations to men – that women must be preoccupied with men. This absence of men does not imply a sexual relationship between woman friends, though the relationship can be sexual. A close woman friend is a bond, not to be confused with love of an individual man, or of many men, which is good, but separate.

I explore the unsaid within the way women learn to exist in the world, the appearance and importance of female organs, and the presence of mixed-race people within American history. Through these themes I discuss the realities of the roles women occupy as girls, daughters, lovers, mothers, and grandmothers, the rights of passage and unique violence of the female body during menstruation, sex, and childbirth, what it means to possess our preconceived notions of “female” organs, and what it means to lack them. Finally, my work discusses the realities of being mixed-race, and what it means to experience life by the code of an intangible system such as race, versus a physical system, such as menstruation, and how one responds to societal discomfort with the ambiguous.

I aim to create a space where these softly spoken truths, which so often go unsaid, can exist within individual pieces, but the pieces can hang together in a way that speaks them and, by doing so, opens up the viewer to an experience of empathy for one women’s truth and to a moment of reflection on their own – hopefully allowing them, not necessarily to share, but to recognize the unsaid within themselves.

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Felicity Palma

Felicity Palma is an interdisciplinary artist and women’s rights advocate.

She is currently based in Durham, NC where she is an MFA candidate at Duke University in Experimental and Documentary Arts, exploring the intersections of folklore and feminism.

Her work to date predominantly explores women’s embodied traumas and subverting the male gaze.





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Yuko Nogami Taylor

(Japanese/American, 1965 — — )
Yuko is a painter renowned both regionally and internationally. She has multiple exhibits in galleries in the Southern United States. Her work is inspired both by modern western art and Japanese historical images. Her unique style combines two heritages of Japan and the southern United States on canvas, serving to create harmony between nature and humble people.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yuko grew up in prestigious private schools.  Throughout her school years she was trained in classical Japanese calligraphy and painting. She excelled in her artistic talent and emerged with a unique painting approach as a result of being exposed to the high-end culture of Japan.  In 1990 Yuko moved to the southern United States to free herself from the pressure of a predetermined life within her expected social boundaries. She settled here and has raised two sons, one with Autism.  She is married to a Jazz drummer. As her sons have grown, she has resumed her artistic passion. She expresses her unique fusion of cultural experiences through visual art. Yuko skillfully merges the heritage of southern African American culture (a part of her sons’ and husband’s heritage) and Japanese culture into oil paintings.  Yuko Nogami Taylor’s series Majestic Incognito is based on rare photos of African-Americans taken in the early 1900s.

She creates a connection between them and our inner selves, using her Japanese heritage to celebrate the strength, honor the humility, and share the beauty that is in all our lives.

Yuko Ngami Taylor

Majesty Incognito – Historical photo Series paintings
There are very few archival photographs of Southern African Americans dating from the early 1900’s. The original black and white images fascinated me with their powerful imagery, compelling me to paint color and life into them. I am particularly captivated and moved by the dichotomy of strength and humility etched in these human portraits.
Through my series of paintings, I hope to bridge a connection between my nameless subjects and our inner selves using my Japanese heritage, to celebrate the strength, to honor the humility, and to share the beauty that is in all our lives.