“What Lies: Lead″ 2019 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)
“What Lies: Flax″ 2019 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)
“What Lies: Wedgwood″ 2019 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)
“What Lies: Ink″ 2019 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)
What Lies Series Description
I began the What Lies series after visiting Dr. Fahamu Pecou’s exhibition, “Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance” and the ancient Egyptian art collection at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and the Amy Sherald exhibition and “Presence: Meditations on the Spelman College Collection” at Spelman College’s Museum of Fine Art.
I was blown away by so many powerful combinations of realism, symbolism, and materiality, and I wanted to capture some of my own understanding of and feelings about historical and ongoing intersectional oppressions of race, gender, class, and sexuality these works of art prompted me to consider.
With “Lead,” the original piece on which the series is based, I was trying to capture the power beautifully woven white/White lies have to capture and conceal dark truths; how visual and ethical values are problematically interwoven, and why seeing should be an actively critical endeavor rather than a passively appreciative one.
The visual values of “Flax,” “Wedgwood,” and “Ink” are different, but my critical intent remains the same.