A deceptively simple show of works by Meg Aubrey is on now at Women & Their Work. The show features paintings of women that I recognize. Women in jeans and sunglasses, women drinking coffee from to-go cups, women carrying iPhones, women driving to wherever they have to get to. This is me, and my friends.
But look at bit deeper. The images are drenched in opaque hot pinks, aqua blues, apple greens. Is this real life, or a story? It’s a bit of both. It’s a commentary on real life — mine and yours. And the story of our lives, as we present to our “publics,” is a sugar-coated fantasy. Some of us do it on Facebook, but Aubrey puts it on canvas, on a gallery wall to make us think harder. She’s challenging us to see ourselves.
Aubrey is an art professor at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Her show is up through September 6. I hope you go check it out. Perhaps, like me, you’ll see yourself.