Odister creates vignettes and photographs to depict of the lives of several Black women who’ve inspired her during the COVID-19 pandemic, styling and re-facing her diverse collection of Black Barbies to represent each woman.
In The Barbie is Her/Me: A Reflection of Black Women During Quarantine, Kandice Odister (Cincinnati, OH) creates vignettes and photographs in a visual depiction of the lives of several Black women who’ve inspired the artist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Styling and re-facing her diverse collection of Black Barbies to represent each woman, the exhibition features two interrelated bodies of work: large-scale color photographs featuring individual portraits, and sculptural tableaus of outward facing wooden drawers reimagined as the individual women’s personal spaces, designed and decorated with doll-house-like furniture, objects, and artwork. In addition, a large-scale drawer, designed as a photo booth backdrop, is embellished by Odister to accommodate individual “selfie” portraits.
Kandice Odister is a mother, conceptual artist, and visual designer originally from Trotwood, Ohio, and based in Cincinnati. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati, where she currently serves as an Admissions Counselor in the CCM-Admissions and Student Services department. Her artwork was previously featured in the solo exhibition Invasion of the Bougie
Black Barbies at NVISION (Cincinnati, OH) in 2017.
Admission to the Weston Art Gallery is FREE and OPEN to the public!
2021/11/19 - 2022/01/16
Additional time info:
Open late on Procter & Gamble Hall performance evenings at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.
The Weston Art Gallery is situated in the urban core of downtown Cincinnati. With more than 6,000 parking spaces within a two-block radius, there are a variety of parking options for patrons. On the street blocks of Sixth St., Walnut St., and Seventh St. there are several independent valet operators just footsteps from the Weston Art Gallery entrance. Valet stations are located adjacent to Nada Restaurant, Nicholson’s Gastropub, and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.