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Holly Trostle  Brigham         March  12th  –  April  6th,  2019        

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Self-­‐Identification has  risen  to  the  forefront  of  contemporary  culture  in  the  twenty-­‐first  century,  with  the  expansion  of   gay  marriage,  advocacy  for  equal  opportunities  and  increased  recognition  for  LGBTQIA  communities,  as  well  as  a   resurgence  in  feminist  concerns.    Additionally,  a  trend  of  self-­‐focus  is  manifest  in  the  ubiquitous  “Selfies”  on  social   media  that  have  launched  an  industry  of  selfie-­‐sticks,  related  accessories,  and  cell  phone  apps.     Painter  Holly  Brigham  provocatively  explores  the  complex  constructs  of  contemporary  identity  using  the  visual  trope   of  the  self-­‐portrait.    Her  “subjects”  range  from  the  mythical  figures  of  Cybele  and  Isis  (the  Roman  goddess  of  fertility   and  Egyptian  goddess  of  regeneration),  to  historical  individuals,  including  ground-­‐breaking  fine  artists  such  as   Edmonia  Lewis  and  Frida  Kahlo,  pioneering  members  of  the  Women  Airforce  Service  Pilots  (WASPs),  as  well  as  lesser   known  women  who  were  social,  religious,  and  literary  leaders  of  their  day.    Through  these  homages  to  strong  female   figures,  Brigham  reveals  her  fascination  with  artistic  precedent  and  identity,  morality,  piety,  gender,  stereotype,  and   perseverance.    By  inserting  her  own  visage  and  occasionally  her  forthright  nude  body  in  her  portrayals—inhabiting  the   accomplished  personalities  she  seeks  to  convey—Brigham  inspires  the  viewer  to  consider  the  question  of  self-­‐hood   and  legacy  more  broadly  and  underscores  the  important  role  of  “sisterhood”  to  the  advancement  of  humankind.       Shelley  R.  Langdale   The  Park  Family  Associate  Curator  of  Prints  and  Drawings,     Philadelphia  Museum  of  Art   January  2019            

Andrea Maria  de  la  Encarnacion    |    watercolor    |    29  ½  x  29  ½  inches   She is the daughter of the Spanish sculptor Pedro de Mena (1628-1688). Andrea Maria and her sister Claudia were both artists and members of the Cistercian order and they entered the convent together in 1671 in Malaga, Spain. A number of the sculptures attributed to the father are in fact by Andrea Maria.            


Cybele on  Her  Birthing  Throne    |    watercolor  |    60  x  40  inches   In  Greek  and  Roman  mythology,  Cybele  personified  Mother  Earth  and  was  worshiped  as  the  Great  Mother  of  the  Gods.     She  was  also  associated  with  forests,  mountains,  and  nature.            

Edmonia and  Cleopatra      |    watercolor    |    29  ½  x  29  ½    inches   Mary Edmonia Lewis (c. 1844 –1907) was the first woman of African American and Native American heritage to achieve international fame and recognition as a sculptor. Her sculpture “The Death of Cleopatra,” represented here, was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.    

Family Totem      |    watercolor  |  87  x  48  inches    

Freeing the  Frieda  in  Me      |    watercolor  |    29  ½  x  29  ½    inches       Considered  one  of  Mexico’s  greatest  artists,  Frida  Kahlo  (1907-­‐1954)  employed  a  naïve  folk  art  style  to  explore  questions  of  identity,  post   colonialism,  gender,  class  and  race  in  Mexican  society.      

Hilaria Batista  de  Almeida      |    watercolor  |    29  ½  x  29  ½    inches     Hilária  Batista  de  Almeida  (1854-­‐1924)  is  considered  the  matriarch  of  Brazilian  samba  and  it’s  reference  within  the  Candomblé  religion   practice.  She  was  part  of  the  order  of  the  Sisterhood  of  the  Good  Death  and  is  represented  as  one  of  the  leaders,  The  Provider.      

Hildegard’s Box        |    oil,  watercolor,  wax,  metal,  light  and  music    |    21  ½  x  21  ½  x  44    inches       Hildegard  of  Bingen  (1098-­‐1179)  was  a  German  Benedictine  abbess  and  mystic,  who  wrote  about  scientific  natural  history,  composed   music,  wrote  plays  and  directed  the  painting  of  illuminated  manuscripts  in  her  abbey.  This  contemporary  relic  box  holds  her  tongue  and   heart  in  jeweled  bags  and  plays  her  medieval  music.  The  sides  and  back  tell  stories  of  her  life.            

Isis: Regeneration      |    oil  on  panel    |    47  ½  x  38  ½    inches     Isis  was  the  ancient  Egyptian  goddess  of  marriage,  fertility,  motherhood,  magic  and  medicine.  She  was  considered  the  mother  of   every  pharaoh  through  the  king's  association  with  Horus,  Isis'  son.          

Little Blue  Nun        |    watercolor,  collaged  paper  |    12  x  12  inches    

Luna  |  ink  and  watercolor  on  gessoed  paper    |    39  x  27  ½    inches    

Mother Monument    |  sculptural  artist  book  |    Edition  of  10     Sculptural  artist  book  celebrating  famous  and  forgotten  women  artists  of  the  past.  Created  in  collaboration  with  MaryAnn  L.  Miller  and   poets  J.C.  Todd,  Vasiliki  Katsarou,  Marilyn  Nelson,  Angela  O’Donnell,  Christine  Salvatore,  Kim  Bridgford,  April  Lindner,  and  Sarah  Sousa.     Included  in  the  collections  of  The  Smithsonian  Museum,  the  National  Museum  of  Women  in  the  Arts,  Lafayette  College,  the  Pennsylvania   Academy  of  the  Fine  Arts,  Penn  State  University,  and  the  Driskell  Center  for  African  American  Art.    

Sacred Sisters  |    Rives  BFK,,  metal,  book  cloth    |    Edition  12       Artist  book  created  in  collaboration  with  poet  Marilyn  Nelson.  Brigham's  paintings  depict  eight  nuns  who  were  artists  or  writers  while   Brigham  imagines  the  nuns  in  the  midst  of  their  creative  works,  Nelson  gives  voice  to  each  nun  with  a  poem  phrased  as  a  prayer.     Included  in  the  collections  of  Rutgers  University,  the  Pennsylvania  Academy  of  the  Fine  Arts,  Penn  State  University,  Swarthmore  College,   Oberlin  College,  Smith  College,  Lafayette  College,  and  The  Smithsonian  Museum.  

Santa Canterina’s  Trinity      |    watercolor  |    29  ½  x  29  ½    inches     Saint  Catherine  of  Bologna  (1413-­‐1463)  is  an  important  figure  in  Catholicism.  She  remains  a  greatly  respected  figure  for  her  spiritual   writings,  teachings  and  art.  Here  she  is  playing  her  violetta,  working  on  one  of  her  illuminated  manuscripts  and  standing  in  front  of  one  of   her  icon  paintings.      

Sophonisba and  Her  Painted  Ladies    |    watercolor    |    29  ½  x  29  ½    inches     Sofonisba  Anguissola  (c. 1532–1625)  was  an  Italian  Renaissance  painter  and  official  court  painter  to  the  king,  Philip  II,  of  Spain.  Her  oeuvre   had  a  lasting  influence  on  subsequent  generations  and  opened  the  way  for  women  of  her  time  to  pursue  serious  careers  as  artists.  She  is   standing  in  her  studio  in  Cremona,  Italy,  where  she  lived  before  moving  to  Spain.    

Sor Juana  de  la  Cruz    |    watercolor  |    29  ½  x  29  ½    inches       Sister  Joan  Agnes  of  the  Cross  (1648-­‐1695)  was  a  self-­‐taught  scholar,  composer,  and  poet  of  the  Baroque  school,  and  a  nun  of  New  Spain.   She  is  considered  by  many  to  be  the  first  feminist.  Here  Sor  Juana  wears  a  nun’s  shield  from  the  Philadelphia  Museum  of  Art.  Her  poem   “She  Attempts  to  Minimize  the  Praise  Occasioned  by  a  Portrait  of  Herself  Inscribed  by  Truth-­‐Which  She  Calls  Ardor,”  is  featured  in  the   background.      

Sorella Plautilla  Nelli’s  Lamentation    |  watercolor    |    10  x  10  inches     Sister  Plautilla  Nelli  (1524–1588)  was  a  self-­‐taught  Dominican  nun-­‐artist  and  the  first-­‐known  female  Renaissance  painter  of  Florence,   Italy.  She  is  the  only  woman  artist  mentioned  in  Vasari’s  The  Lives  of  the  Artists.  Here  she  is  painting  her  Lamentation  with  Saints.        

T. de  Lempicka  on  Autopilot  (black  ink)    |  Etching  |    24  x  24  inches       Included  in  the  collections  of  the  Allentown  Art  Museum,  the  Pennsylvania  Academy  of  the  Fine  Arts,  the  William  Benton  Museum,  Bates   College  Museum  of  Art,  Mt.  Holyoke  College  Art  Museum.      

T. de  Lempicka  on  Autopilot  (magenta  ink)    |  Etching  with  chine  colle  and  hand  coloring  |    24  x  24  inches         Included  in  the  collections  of  the  Allentown  Art  Museum,  the  Pennsylvania  Academy  of  the  Fine  Arts,  the  William  Benton  Museum,  Bates   College  Museum  of  Art,  Mt.  Holyoke  College  Art  Museum.    

Valkyrie  |    watercolor  on  gessoed  paper    |    39  x  27  ½    inches    

WASP Bea  I  Wolf    |    watercolor    |  26  x  26  inches     The  civilian  women  who  flew  with  the  Women  Airforce  Service  Pilots  were  wingtip  to  wingtip  with  their  male  counterparts  during   World  War  II  but  were  not  granted  military  status  until  1977.  The  medals  and  relics  are  from  an  actual  WASP  pilot.          

John Window      |  watercolor    |    37  x  25  inches    

SOLO EXHIBITIONS     Holly  Trostle  Brigham,  Southern  Alleghenies  Museum  of  Art,  Loretto,  PA,  October-­‐December,  2019.     Holly  Trostle  Brigham,  Somerville  Manning  Gallery,  Greenville,  DE,  March  12-­‐April  6,  2019.       Holly  Trostle  Brigham,  Sordoni  Art  Gallery,  Wilkes  University,  Wilkes-­‐Barre,  PA,  January  1-­‐March  3,  2019.         Holly  Trostle  Brigham:  Sisters  and  Goddesses,    James  A.  Michener  Art  Museum,  Doylestown,  Pennsylvania,  February  20-­‐May  26,  2016.     Holly  Trostle  Brigham,  The  Ronald  K.  De  Long  Gallery,  Penn  State  University,  Lehigh  Valley  Campus,  March  15-­‐April  29,  2016.     Holly  Trostle  Brigham:  Sacred  Sisters,  in  collaboration  with  poet  Marilyn  Nelson,  William  Benton  Museum  of  Art,  University  of  Connecticut,   Storrs,  Connecticut,  October  22-­‐December  20,  2015.     Holly  Trostle  Brigham:  Seven,  Lafayette  College,  Easton,  Pennsylvania,  January19-­‐March  1,  2015.     Holly  Trostle  Brigham:  Dis/Guise,  Berman  Museum  of  Art,  Ursinus  College,  Collegeville,  Pennsylvania,  October  17-­‐December  22,  2013;  and   Luther  W.  Brady  Art  Gallery,  The  George  Washington  University,  Washington,  DC,  January  15-­‐February  28,  2014.       Holly  Trostle  Brigham:  Myths,  Portraits  and  Self,  Rutgers  University,  New  Brunswick,  New  Jersey,  August  5-­‐September  27,  2013.     Holly  Trostle  Brigham,  The  Baldwin  School,  Bryn  Mawr,  Pennsylvania,  March  3-­‐April  18,  2013.     Holly  Trostle  Brigham:  Three  Stages,  Raven  Gallery,  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania,  July  18-­‐August  9,  2009.         Reflected  Personae,  Ahlum  Gallery,  Easton,  Pennsylvania,  May  1-­‐June  26,  2005.     Undressed  in  Her  Rightful  Mind:  Paintings  by  Holly  Trostle  Brigham,  Clark  University,  Worcester,  Massachusetts,  August  19-­‐November  6,   1998.            

SELECTED AWARDS     Honorable  Mention,  Pennsylvania  Academy  of  the  Fine  Arts,  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania,  2004.       Best  of  Show,  Lancaster  County  Art  Association,  Strasburg,  Pennsylvania,  2004.       First  Prize  for  Watercolor,  Harrisburg  Art  Association,  Harrisburg,  Pennsylvania,  2004.     Award  of  Excellence,  Artists  Guild  of  Delaware  Valley,  2003.     David  Lloyd  Kreeger  Prize  in  Painting,  The  George  Washington  University,  1992.     Cecille  R.  Hunt  Prize  (for  watercolor),  The  George  Washington  University,  1992.     Pennsylvania  Academy  of  the  Fine  Arts,  scholarship,  1991.                                          

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS     David  C.  Driskell  Center  for  African  American  Art,  University  of  Maryland,  University  Park,  Maryland     William  Benton  Museum,  Storrs,  Connecticut     Allentown  Art  Museum,  Allentown,  Pennsylvania     Bates  College  Museum  of  Art,  Lewiston,  Maine     Skillman  Library,  Special  Collections,  Lafayette  College,  Easton,  Pennsylvania     Mount  Holyoke  College  Art  Museum,  South  Hadley,  Massachusetts     Oberlin  College,  Oberlin,  Ohio     Pennsylvania  State  University,  State  College,  Pennsylvania     Pennsylvania  Academy  of  the  Fine  Arts,  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania     Smith  College  Museum  of  Art,  Northampton,  Massachusetts     National  Portrait  Gallery,  Smithsonian  Institution,  Washington,  DC     Swarthmore  College,  Swarthmore,  Pennsylvania     The  Dimock  Gallery,  The  George  Washington  University,  Washington,  DC     Luther  W.  Brady  Art  Gallery/  Corcoran  Collection,  The  George  Washington  University,  Washington,  DC     National  Museum  of  Women  in  the  Arts,  Washington,  DC     Alexander  Library,  Rutgers  University,  New  Brunswick,  New  Jersey      

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Holly Trostle Brigham  

March 12 - April 6, 2019

Holly Trostle Brigham  

March 12 - April 6, 2019