Andrea Harris is one of four local [to Chicago] artists included in the Visual Narrative exhibition at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, which opens this Friday. With two canvases in the show—“Amina Lawal and her daughter” and “Women of Pakistan” [both: oil and wax on canvas, 24” square]— Harris focuses on portraiture to tell her story. The imagery is bold and inspirational. Harris explains:
“My paintings are observations of humanity, representing the journey of curiosity and the soul of discovery. Each of us is unique in the universe yet shape, form and color remind us that we are elements in nature. Very often my art is the result of an exploration of culture and current events, urging me to question and allowing me the passage that reveals we are all connected.”Join us for the Opening Reception of "Visual Narrative", Friday, June 11th from 5:30-7:30pm. As always, the reception is free to the public.
“The painting of Amina Lawal and her daughter is my direct response to the poignant story that was highlighted in the media several years ago. Ms. Lawal had been sentenced to stoning to death in the Kataina State of northern Nigeria. Amnesty International embraced her story and a global effort was initiated in a petition to save her life. This process became the focal point of human rights groups around the world, and ultimately Ms. Lawal was set free. She lives with her daughter, Wasila, and campaigns on behalf of others who have been victims of human rights violations.”
“Visual Narrative” will be presented at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago through July 22nd. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Works are available for purchase. An exhibition catalog for Visual Narrative is available. Gallery 180 is located at 180 N. Wabash—at the corner of Lake and Wabash—in Chicago’s Loop. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm; Friday, 8am-5:30pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; closed Sunday.
Image: Andrea Harris, “Amina Lawal and Daughter”, Oil and Cold Wax on Canvas, 24 x 24”, 2007, $2,400