Gallery Aferro presents You’re a Big Girl Now, a solo exhibition by Irys Schenker featuring several densely worked sculpture/drawing hybrids.
Big Girl is a 7 foot tall pencil drawing of a girl. Her clothing is patterned from photographs shot by the artist on various European trips. The drawing is anchored to the floor by her cardboard shoes and a braided paper staff, with which she shepherds a chorus of (made from paper bags) frogs. Also included in the show are Turtle-Walking Girl and Mom and Me.
Taken in succession, these works compose a trilogy in the stages of a life, from barbed innocence, to early lessons of sex, food and literature, on to the pain of consciousness in the world of power, loyalty and the risks of self knowledge. Big Girl represents the breaking into exuberance, wild accomplishment and the self-promoting power of romance, humor, history and adventure.