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Don’t Restrained yourself 

Louise Pentz’ Restrained exhibit gets critical with what women face in society.

click to enlarge Louise Pentz, “No More.”
  • Louise Pentz, “No More.”

These women are not made of porcelain. Louise Pentz' Restrained gives a thorough critique of the plight of women around the world. Pentz' works are smoke-fired clay sculptures. The materials allow Pentz to fully explore the depths of the female experience. Each piece is symbolic and moving. "Collateral Damage" shows broken pieces of different women strewn on the floor. "Burden of Injustice" shows a woman weary of the inequitable scales of justice on her shoulders. The use of colour and detailed facial expressions adds texture to the art. In "Literatus," a girl reads a text with an expression of curiosity. Scrolls and texts in different languages are sketched along her body. Pentz wisely added text to each piece to provoke discussion and critical analysis of what women face in society. In "Rise Up! Rise Up!," Pentz writes, "Each woman must push back against her individual and collective restraints or nothing will change," and the female statue covered in gold stands above her former chains. She is triumphant.

To April 7, Mary E. Black Gallery, 1096 Marginal Road, 492-2522


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