To coincide with the exhibition The Future is Female, Dellasposa is hosting a panel discussion on the subject of gender disparity and the representation of women in contemporary art. Artist Alicia Paz will be discussing the inspiration and philosophy of her paintings, which are part of the exhibition, and offering insight into her practice. This will be a lively discussion exploring the subject of the female form in contemporary art, the expression of personal freedom and ideas of feminism conveyed through art, and how we can influence change in contemporary culture.
Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for audience questions and contributions.
Guest Speakers: Nazy Vassegh, Art Consultant, and Alicia Paz, Artist, and Anya Cooklin-Lofting, Journalist, The Independent
Moderator: Jessica McBride, Co-Founder + Director, Dellasposa
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Alicia Paz's paintings, collages and standing figures deal primarily with identity and the notion of a divided subject/author, and explore the mutability of subjectivity. In recent years, Paz has focused on the female figure: the Self is experienced and presented as multiple, paradoxical, and in flux. Inhabiting fantastical and exotic landscapes, Paz's feminine subjects become fused and combined with organic life. Strange and unsettling visions of tree-women and monster-women also represent the fusion of the Subject with painting itself: she often depicts amphibian or plant-like figures “weeping” pigment, their limbs, hair, and various ornamental accoutrements mud-caked and dripping, as if extracted from a colourful, post-cognitive swamp.
Nazy Vassegh is a Strategic Art Consultant with an in-depth knowledge and international network within the art world. Nazy has over 25 years' experience in the art world, spanning auction, advisory and art fairs. At Sotheby’s she was a Senior Director of the Company and Managing Director of the Impressionist and Modern art division. In 2013 Nazy joined Masterpiece as Chief Executive Officer. She was instrumental in raising the profile of the Fair in the global art world by carefully curating the exhibitor profile of 150+ international galleries to focus on world-class art, design and ancient art. She set up and developed the Masterpiece Patron programme, forged structured partnerships with leading companies from the world of finance, art, travel and luxury and significantly increased company profit and visitor numbers. The MCH Group, owners of Art Basel, bought a majority stake in Masterpiece in 2017.