Art Gym Denver is honored to present Daisy Patton’s new series titled Would You Be Lonely Without Me? in the Art Gym Gallery with an opening reception July 12 from 5 – 8PM.Would You Be Lonely Without Me? is a series of oil portraits depicting women whose deaths were directly caused by a lack of access to safe reproductive care. Abortion is a highly contentious issue and one that is debated today, making Patton’s series relevant and timely.
Patton’s practice is one grounded in collecting found photographs, and this new series is no different. She paints the photos she finds of these women, and hand embroiders their names below, harkening not only to the tradition of woman as a homemaker, but also with the idea life being a thread cut short.
Spending hours of research to find the names, images, stories and descriptions of these women, Patton crafts a way to solidify their individual identities and memories, when all too often these women’s stories have been forgotten or buried in the history of this ongoing debate. In her artist statement for the series, Patton said “let us remember the women lost during this barbaric era [pre-Roe vs. Wade] and fight to ensure this history is not repeated.”
This series is for sale and 100% of proceeds from the exhibition will go to support reproductive justice organizations.
Daisy Patton is a working artist living in Aurora, CO. She received a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Oklahoma with minors in History and Art History and an Honors degree. Her MFA is from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, a multi-disciplinary program. She has completed many artist residencies, including one at RedLine Denver and another at Minerva Projects in Denver. She will also have her first museum solo show, Daisy Patton: This Is Not Goodbye, at the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado, Boulder, open from July 19 through November 17, 2018.
To learn more about the women in the series visit HERE.