Season Opening at Zg Gallery

Please join us for our Season Opening!
Friday, September 6th, 2013, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Artist will be present.

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
New Paintings & Works on Paper
September 6 to October 19, 2013

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph has high friends in low places.  Her new paintings and drawings explores the intersection of class, race, and gender through the lens of “white trash,” which can be best understood as a complex set of social representations and stereotypes.  She states “Placed within varying and often ambiguous backdrops, the female subjects of my paintings are accompanied by carefully chosen objects and articles of clothing that subtly speak to a codification of our bodies, identities, and environments based on our level of access.

Each image begins by establishing an environment and choosing a model to occupy it, providing her with props and a role to play.  These images are informed by both research and personal experience, culminating in portraits of young women that explore the intricately woven relationship between one’s class, race, and gender in America.  I purposely choose to construct the images in this manner as a way to assert that our understanding of others, based on their class standing, is just that – constructed.

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph recently received her M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and her B.A. from the University of Saint Francis in Indiana.  This will be her first solo show at Zg Gallery.

Preview more works:

Zg Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60654
T. 312.654.9900  |
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Joseph_ Muscles's_ $ister_ 24x18_12

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
“Muscles’s $ister”
oil on panel, 2012
24″ x 18″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago


Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
oil on panel, 2012
8″ x 8″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago


Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
oil on panel, 2012
14″ x 11″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago


Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
“Pork Queen”
oil on panel, 2012
24″ x 18″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago

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