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Everything Is Golden Exhibition by Lizzy Martinez

September 24, 9:00 am TO 6:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
| COCA – Center of Creative Arts | Free

On Sept. 16, Everything Is Golden, a solo exhibition by St. Louis-based artist Lizzy Martinez, opens as the first exhibition of the 2022-2023 Millstone Gallery season at COCA. In the exhibition, Martinez reclaims discarded materials to create feminist sculptural interpretations of mythological figures. Her pieces explore both the delicacy and rawness of cement, tile, ceramics, wood and metal in their ability to retell age-old stories of Olympian gods and mythical creatures, while reclaiming the female experience and centrality in them.


Everything Is Golden asks us about the reasons behind survival: How do we decide when an object becomes trash? What are the stories we choose to reproduce and preserve? Is there a bias to how women are portrayed within these stories?


The antiquity-like sculptures challenge a broader cultural reverence to a violent past that, although crowded with scenes of abuse and erasure of women, is celebrated as legendary. Just as bold hands hold fragments of glass and resin, Martinez’s work envisions new practices of care where marginalized characters are rediscovered from the ruins of history.


Within this solo exhibition, Martinez displays some of the cornerstones of her studio practice: a trial-and-error method as an ever-evolving artistic process, her enthusiasm for the human body in movement and flesh and the centrality of gender politics, especially in the discussions of what a female artist can create and use in her work.


Millstone Gallery is open during COCA’s regularly scheduled business hours.

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