LIZARDS LIVE / BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER / FERNDALE, MI

Lizard with Stars & Striped Leg Warmer by Lisa Marie

Lizard with Stars & Striped Leg Warmer by Lisa Marie

Lizards Live

Butcher’s Daughter Contemporary Art
Ferndale, Michigan
October 24 – November 25, 2009
Artist Talk: Saturday October 24, 2009 at 5:00 PM

The Butcher’s Daughter is proud to present the work of D.C. artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer for her solo debut in Detroit.

Lot Lizard 76 STLE by Lisa Marie

Lot Lizard 76 STLE by Lisa Marie

Born in the eighties, Thalhammer’s family owned a truck plaza off the banks of the Mississippi River. Her exhibition, Lizards Live, features drawing, collage and cut paper animation influenced by reflections upon life as a young woman amongst a male dominated American highway subculture. Her works piece together iconoclastic body parts into lizard-like creatures, transforming object and context into new symbols of veneration.

“Embellished with appropriated gospel illuminations and Byzantine patterns, the Lizards in my drawings are enthroned upon hand drawn semi trucks combining references form the two most dominate female figures within Catholic mythology: the Virgin Mary and the Mary Magdalene. I attempt to merge these two definitions of femininity by placing the Lizard in an enthroned position similar to the Madonna and Child, the work becoming an examination on the way feminine beauty is reverenced and objectified simultaneously.”

Lizard with Stars & Violet Heel by LM

Lizard with Stars & Red Heels by Lisa Marie

Thalhammer harnesses the power of iconography and reinvents her complicated byzantine patterns, steeped in personal contemplation into efficient, universal, and undeniably powerful symbols of attraction and empowerment. Her newest work is a testament to the dedication between artist and subject:

“Lizards Live is the next chapter in my Lizard anthology. My newest works reflect a contemplative pause on the power, history and beauty of the rainbow.”

Thalhammer has been the recipient of numerous awards including five grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been featured in esteemed publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washington Life Magazine, D.C. Modern Luxury Magazine, Cultureserve.net, Hoogrrl.com and MTV.com. She has also appeared the cover of the Washington Blade.

Please join The Butcher’s Daughter as we welcome Lisa Marie Thalhammer to Detroit on October 24, 2009 for an Artist Talk at 5:00 PM that precedes her exhibition reception from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

The Butcher’s Daughter is located in Ferndale, Michigan, and is committed to creating innovative, cultural context for contemporary art through the representation of emerging and mid-career artists and the sale of their work. www.thebutchersdaughtergallery.com

22747 Woodward Avenue, Suite 201
Ferndale, Michigan 48220
T (248) 808-6536
mb@thebutchersdaughtergallery.com