George Mason University’s School of Art and African and African and African American Studies Program are proud to host Doreen Garner: Full Body an exhibition of the Brooklyn-based artist’s seductively-crafted and provocatively grotesque sculptural objects. Made from a diverse array of materials including hand-blown glass, silicone, swarovski crystal, hair, and anatomy books, Garner’s work is materially and visually arresting, while purposefully confronting the dark spectres of atrocity associated with the objectification and dissection of the black female body in the history of medical experimentation.
“I identify, extract, and exploit the tissues that bind the sexual and the grotesque, specifically regarding the black female body. Treated as spectacle and disposable specimen, these women and their stories—Henrietta Lacks, Saartjie Baartman, the victims of Dr. J. Marion Sims—are a driving force. Identifying the voyeur as the subject, an oppositional gaze is directed towards fetish, objectification, and racism.”
About Doreen Garner
Doreen Garner (b.1986) is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has appeared in national and international exhibitions at venues including Knockdown Center, Queens, NY; Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA; University Museum of Contemporary Art, Amherst, MA; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery, Providence, RI; Cindy Rucker Gallery, NY. Garner has been awarded residencies at Pioneer Works, NY; Toledo Museum of Art, OH; Abrons Art Center, NY; S12 Glass Studio, Bergen, Norway; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She holds a BFA in Glass from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and an MFA in Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently exhibiting at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY.