Redux Contemporary Art Center is thrilled to present Me and My Girlfriend, a two-person exhibition featuring the work of HNin Nie and Grace Stott. Redux’s annual two-person show examines the interconnectivity and parallels between the work of two distinct creative practices.
Me and My Girlfriend highlights the power and significance of female relationships and reveals an imaginative survey of female identity. Through their individual bodies of work, HNin Nie and Grace Stott use a cross-media approach to discuss the strength and power women possess. With references female liberation, self-defense, and companionship, the artists each approach their subject matter with a whimsical overtone, welcoming the viewer into a fantasy world dosed with a heavy hand of real-life feminist iconography.
Pepper spray? Check.
HNin Nie gets targeted daily by advertisements and news stories to look flawless and to be safe. As a previous nail tech, Nie has always been inspired by her clients, from their fashion statements to their choices in nail designs. When the #MeToo movement flooded her timeline, it also flooded her thoughts on daily precautions. Nie noticed that her “on hand” self-defense weapons were often unreachable, so she sculpted and is reintroducing stylish weapons on hand. A member of the Goodyear Arts Collective in Charlotte, North Carolina, she uses her life events as inspiration for works ranging from paintings and sculptures. Nie reveals underlying humor in failure and tragic through narratives and vibrant imagery, often for common characters like Negative Nancy and Flo.
Grace Stott creates layered narratives both playful and existential. Through ceramics and mixed media painting, her reoccurring images and dimensional textures create a charming feminine fantasy and a disturbing hyper-reality: s surreal exploration of millennial female identity. In conjunction with her studio practice, Stott has organized curatorial and community projects, and is also an active member of Charlotte’s Goodyear Arts Collective.