Starfish: a solo exhibition by Sarah Thibault
On view through February 18, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 12, 2019, 7–10 pm
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1–4 pm
Cliterary Salon: Saturday, January 26, 7-10pm. Tickets for purchase will soon be available on Eventbrite // About Cliterary Salon: Cliterary salon is a literary reading series that prioritizes female, femme, femme, and non-binary bodies and experiences.
Power Pose Workshop: Saturday, February 16, 2-4pm // About Power Pose Workshop: Gallery visitors will be invited to learn broad and expansive movements, like “The Wonder Woman,” that are meant to open up the body and allow people to feel more confident and empowered.
About the exhibition
Royal NoneSuch Gallery presents Starfish: a solo exhibition of five new large-scale oil paintings and an installation by Sarah Thibault. The title, Starfish, refers to the slang phrase, “to starfish,” which Urban Dictionary defines as “the act of spreading one’s body out in bed, each limb and the head creating the 5 points of a star like a starfish.” The exhibition aims to articulate and magnify female and femme experiences, and allow those perspectives to take up space in the gallery.
In conjunction with the exhibition there will be two special events that build on Starfish’s theme of taking up space. The first is a series of readings hosted by Cliterary Salon, a monthly literary event that prioritizes female, femme, and non-binary bodies and experiences. The second is a Power Pose Workshop where gallery visitors will be invited to learn broad and expansive poses, like “The Wonder Woman,” that are meant to open up the body and allow people to feel more confident and empowered.
In the spirit of movements like the Women’s March and #metoo, these large-scale paintings, sound and light installation, and the associated programming are meant to combat the continued assaults on the female, femme, and non-binary body by the government, the media and patriarchal culture. The five paintings, one for each point of the starfish, are based on Thibault’s height using it as the smallest dimension. The use of first-person point of view, and the orange and pink color palette of salt lamps, prioritize a feminine perspective that is intimate yet expansive .
Sarah Thibault is an artist living and working in San Francisco. Selected exhibitions include projects with Interface Gallery, HILDE Gallery, Steve Turner Contemporary, Mark Wolf Contemporary and ART in Embassies. Thibault and her work has been featured in Artsy, CARLA, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, SFAQ, The Examiner, The Huffington Post, and 7x7. Thibault is the Founder of the online publication Artists + Travel and the co-director of The Painting Salon, a nomadic lecture series featuring monthly artist talks in the Bay Area. She is also a Charter Resident of the Minnesota Street Project studios. She holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.