Robin Dluzen

Ancestral Light

Solo Exhibition - Cultivator at Bray Grove Farm
Sunday, October 16, 2022, 2-5pm

Cultivator is pleased to present Robin Dluzen's outdoor exhibition, Ancestral Light during Bray Grove Farm's Autumn Farm Day.

Please rsvp and join us on Sunday, October 16th from 2-5pm for art, conversation, light refreshments, and a tour of the farm. Bray Grove Farm is located 70 miles southwest of Chicago in Grundy County. To confirm your attendance and receive directions and parking information, kindly email.

Ancestral Light is a multi-panel art installation sited in the meadow of Bray Grove Farm. Dluzen's paintings incorporate the natural and agricultural setting to reflect upon the female farmers, laborers, and naturalists in her family history.

Artist's Statement:

Ancestral Light features components of a larger body of work about generations of female labor in my family. Here, symbols, text and images drawn from the lives of my mother and my great-grandmother are manifested via the materials and processes of the blue collar part of my life as a union apprentice sign painter. Reclaimed, printed vinyl banners are hand-painted, telling a family history of cattle and evergreen farming, horticulture and botanical illustration.

The works in Ancestral Light suggest what might be present in each woman, what sort of characteristics, values, experiences and ways of seeing the world can be identified as specifically ours. I’ve chosen to highlight this inquiry through our labor history in order to pay homage to those characteristics that are so often dismissed in women: grit, tenacity, ambition, and intelligence.

Robin Dluzen is a Chicago-based artist, curator and art critic whose artwork has been featured in venues throughout the country including the Dorchester Art Project in Boston, MA; Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN; Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago; Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Chicago; the Union League Club of Chicago; Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago; and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Dluzen's writing has appeared in Visual Art Source, Art Ltd., ArtNet, Art F City, Chicago Art Magazine, Sculpture Magazine and Sports Illustrated, amongst many others. Dluzen received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she is a member of Signpainters Local 830, Chicago.


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