The clothing and revolution created by feminist interventions let females know that our flesh was worthy of love and adoration in its natural state; nothing had to be added unless a woman chose further adornment.

(bell hooks, Feminism Is for Everybody)

Pen + Brush is pleased to present On Adornment, a group exhibition curated by Jenn Hampton, of Parlor Gallery and Wooden Walls Project. It features emerging and mid-career artists who are unpacking the concept of adornment, particularly in the context of female imaging and agency, and redefining it in contemporary ways. The artists featured in this exhibition dissect and reframe traditional notions of the term “adornment,” which is typically defined as “something added to make a person or thing more attractive.” Their work reveals nuanced interpretations that reflect on liberation juxtaposed to, or as part of, one’s adornment of oneself.

Artists featured in this exhibition include: Carrie Ann Baade, Alison Brady, Katherine Cooksey, Bri Cirel, Rose Deler, Natalia Fabia, Rose Freymuth-Frazier, Ellen Green, Jan Huling, Julia Ibbini, Katelyn Kopenhaver, Koralie, Joanne Leah, Aleya Lehmann, Michela Martello, Felicita Maynard, Rowan Renee, Jill Ricci, Annina Roescheisen, Rebecca Rose, Aleksandra Stone, and Ellen Stagg.