Ro2 Art presents Erica Stephens: "The Serpent is Come" opening reception
Ro2 Art will present "The Serpent is Come," a solo exhibition featuring new works in painting and sculpture by Erica Stephens, in which she cleverly re-construes the underlying motives behind the work of Impressionist artist Renoir.
In her latest series, Stephens visually mines the works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, extracting backgrounds and areas of detail as source material to create abstract paintings featuring her signature impasto style. In laying claim to Renoir’s polite renderings of society women, she challenges the ownership and accuracy of such female representations both by reinterpreting the works through her own hand and through her use of highly sexualized titles that refer to elements present in the original paintings. Also on display are sculptural works of snakes and other natural elements that might have lurked in the actual scenes of Renoir’s backgrounds, phallic imagery that further serves to question the significance and intent of Renoir’s original content through mocking and sexualizing it.
Following the opening reception, the show will run through May 20.