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Deborah Conn Celebrates Inner Resilience & Strength In “A Sense Of Herself” - Source Alexandria news

Posted on May 09,2018
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"Ellalyne," watercolor on textured paper (Courtesy Photo)

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ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Watercolorist Deborah Conn celebrates inner resilience and strength through luminous, large-scale portraits of women in “A Sense of Herself,” on view at The Art League gallery, May 9–June 3, 2018.
 
“A Sense of Herself” coincides with the recent swell in the women's movement, a coincidence that Conn, a vocal supporter of women’s rights, finds serendipitous. “Art creates an emotional connection with the viewer. It can give us the strength to say things like ‘me too’ or ‘time’s up,’” Conn remarked. She hopes that viewers will leave her exhibit feeling more connected to their own sense of self, buoyed by the confident faces and the remarkable stories represented in her show.
 
Conn presents viewers with a distinctly beautiful group of women, yet these portraits are far from passive. The confident, direct gazes of the sitters propose a tête-à-tête with viewers, as artwork and observer contemplate each other. Accompanying text passages offer a deeper glimpse into the lives of the models, from a woman who escaped an arranged marriage, to a woman who moved from Sierra Leone and became a successful business owner.

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