In the Green Suite, 2008-2010.
Archival pigment print.
The exhibition features recent work by DC-based Renée Stout, who is best known for her exploration of vestigial retentions of African cultural traditions as manifested in contemporary America. For many years, the artist has used the alter ego Fatima Mayfield, a fictitious herbalist/fortuneteller, as a vehicle to role-play and confront issues such as romantic relationships, social ills, or financial woes in a way that is open, creative, and humorous. The exhibition focuses on the artist's assumed role through an array of works in various media. As Stout explains, "The common thread running through bodies of my work of the past several years is the continuing need for self-discovery and the need to understand and make sense of human motives and the way we relate and respond to each other."
Read the Review:
Women's Artwork is Never Done (Washington City Post), February 25, 2016
Renee Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman at the American University Museum, Reviewed (Washington City Paper), February 12, 2016