Reception: Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Artist: Lillian Love Kennedy
Exhibition: The exhibition “one side of the face” by UT Dallas Ph.D. Candidate Lillian Love Kennedy is a comparative visual response to the representations of White and Native American females in film and media. Kennedy’s digital images reinterpret stereotypical representations and highlight the challenge involved in reconciling self-identity within dual cultures. Drawing from her research of fourteen selected films, Kennedy juxtaposes staged film and media representational images against those that convey an indigenous perspective or that portray authentic witnessed experiences. She presents this reference to a dual culture through her photomontages or digital constructions, which often combine her photographic self-portraits with appropriated imagery. Her heritage is Comanche, Cherokee and Caucasian; therefore, her exhibition involves investigation of miscegenation, matriarchy and self-identity. Kennedy’s art practice, which addresses female gender issues in concert with a critique of media representation, has evolved into digital constructions of photographs as she incorporates notions of self-portraiture, masquerade, fantasy role-playing, the supernatural world and American popular culture. Kennedy’s work has been influenced by artists Hannah Hoch, Cindy Sherman, Wendy Red Star and Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie. “One side of the face” is a title borrowed from Santee Sioux John Trudell’s song concerned with the complicated process of living and reconciling indigenous identity within two diverse cultures.
Bio: Lillian Love Kennedy is a Dallas resident and a PhD Candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas in Humanities-Aesthetic Studies. Kennedy attended public schools in Houston, Texas, where she was born and raised, and in Los Angeles, California. Kennedy’s heritage is Comanche, Cherokee and Caucasian. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, and a Master’s degree in Education from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. For over twenty years, Kennedy taught social studies and English in public schools in Texas and New Mexico. Her work has been exhibited nationally in many venues, including in Dallas, Texas, and Queens, New York.
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