Kate Klingbeil, who exhibited some amazing work in the 2017 Juxtapoz Clubhouse, is opening her latest solo show, Pith, at Hashimoto Contemporary on July 7th. In this new exhibit, the Brooklyn-based artist explores themes of sexuality, resilience, the shadow self, heartbreak and healing. Her unique, meticulously crafted relief paintings create a dreamscape in which a female protagonist explores her body both as figure and ground. The works at once point to and attempt to reclaim the cultural lens through which the female body is experienced.
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Klingbeil’s thick, sumptuous works of layered acrylic paint offer a uniquely vulnerable yet spirited vantage point into the artist’s experience with Hashimoto’s Disease. Dotted with butterflies and pill bottles, Pith’s unfiltered, holistic glimpse into life with an autoimmune disease does away with depictions of sick women as one-sided, leading lives largely dominated by their illness. Klingbeil invites the viewer to experience the complexity and nuance of the female experience and what it means to create a reality in which healing is not only the goal, but every step of the journey.