Floral paintings as a personal expression of femininity will be the focus of a new exhibition at the Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City.
Florescentia: Works by Emily Fox King will open March 9th and run through May 4th. An artist’s reception will be held April 20th from 6-9 p.m. during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The exhibition is presented by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums at the Alice Gallery, 617 E. South Temple, which is free and open to the public Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In Florescentia, Fox King creates floral paintings in oil to express her own brand of femininity: bold, colorful, awkward, wonky, explosive, varied, and overwhelmingly gorgeous. They reflect her own growth as a 35-year-old woman who got married, had two children, and “slowed down” her career path to raise her family and maintain the household.
“I’ve always considered myself independent and not a ‘frou-frou’ kind of girl. No nail polish, plucked eyebrows, or lace dresses for me. I’m not an eye-candy girl devoid of personality,” Fox King said. “Translating that into my painting, I always avoided decorative work — things my mom would hang on the wall — so in art school I painted people with scary teeth, a woman holding a dead chicken, creepy dolls, and fat ballerinas. I resisted making things that are seen as merely ‘nice.’ I’m ready to be nice now. Bring on the floral paintings! Babies! Casseroles! Mini-vans! It’s okay.”
Fox King earned a degree in painting from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She later attended Brigham Young University in Provo and received a graduate degree in printmaking/drawing. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including California, Florida, and New York, as well as numerous group shows and three solo exhibitions in Utah. Much of her work explores notions of femininity, including domestic spaces and feminized objects. She also teaches drawing at Weber State University in Ogden.
The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. For more information on exhibition and other program opportunities visit visualarts.utah.gov.