LIZZY LUNDAY & MAURA MARTIN
Curated by Connar Masotti
Lizzy is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Using oil, acrylic, and collage, her work deals with the female body and the role that structured representation plays in informing female identity. She received her BFA from University of Miami in 2014 and is currently completing her MFA at Pratt Institute.
To be feminine is defined as having qualities or appearances traditionally associated with women, especially delicacy and prettiness, and as constructs these predispositions about femininity have become historical truth. Lizzy Lunday and Maura Martin are challenging these constructs though their exploration of womanhood and its ever changing landscape. Brought together by Pratt’s MFA program the collective empowerment Lunday and Martin have has flourished into the sharing of vital ideals about femininity. These powerful women are working towards an understanding, not only an understanding of themselves but a universal understanding of the feminine and all its struggles. While Lunday deals with the cultural structures and instructions that contribute to learned female identity through distortion of the female form, Martin is exposing sexual abuse within institutions of education involving athletic teams through ironic use of the stereotypical pennant, yet both artists are working towards exposing true femininity and their struggles. These works represent not only that struggle, but also the ability to overcome and break the constructs of the feminine and its historic definition. - Connar Masotti
Maura Martin received her BA in Fine art from Stetson University in DeLand, FL in 2009 and MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2018. Through installations containing soft sculpture, her work explores sexuality in American culture. She questions gender stereotypes and creates awareness for sexual abuse in our society. Maura currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.