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Elizabeth Chapin, Deconstructing Nostalgia, at Wally Workman Gallery Museum & Exhibits

  • Wally Workman Gallery
  • 1202 W. Sixth St.
  • Austin, TX 78703
  • March 13, 2019 - March 31, 2019
  • Recurring daily
  • Phone: (512) 472-7428
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Elizabeth Chapin's third solo show, Deconstructing Nostalgia, is on display at Wally Workman Gallery, through March 31. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

Chapin’s large scale works reference her Southern upbringing and the conflicted nostalgia surrounding the gentility and graciousness of the South. The obfuscation of ugliness and the worship of appearance is the theme that runs throughout her new body of work. Using the idea of lace as a metaphor for this experience and referencing historical religious painting, she explores beauty as safety for both the oppressed as well as the worshiped and idealized. Halos of fabric, acrylic and neon surround Chapin’s paintings. Some of the pieces are stuffed like giant decorative pillows, epitomizing the comfort of beauty as well as referencing the trophy room. With these works, Chapin has exposed Southern portraiture as a pre-Instagram status symbol and examines the pleasure and willful ignorance derived within it.

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Elizabeth Chapin, Deconstructing Nostalgia, at Wally Workman Gallery