TABITHA VEVERS: Narrative Bodies


Catalogue for the 2009 travelling retrospective exhibition.

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Narrative Bodies is a mid-career survey exhibition of work by painter Tabitha Vevers that highlights the artist’s feminist engagement with tradition and myth.¬†Creating personal narratives that explore the female body and sexuality, Vevers uses old master techniques on an intimate scale to address socio-political issues that include war, AIDS, environmental degradation, the relationship of the sexes, and women’s historical positions in society. The artist was initially compelled to paint the figure in the early 1980s by a “desire to take the female nude back from art history and portray her with the complexity of an individual woman’s perspective.”