Sculptures by Retta H. Backus
Opening Reception October 26, 2018 5:30 – 9 pm
at Tallgrass Studios
5:30 – 7:00 pm
“Lila”, Deborah Pine, Janette Michaels & Clark Jamison reunion
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Robert Baker (word slinger & saxophone) Roger Holden (electric guitar) & Clark Jamison
Lauretta Hendricks Backus sculpts from her studio in the country outside of Lawrence, KS. Retta, an artist and retired art teacher known for her drawings and paintings, has only recently strayed from working in two dimensions. Meeting and working with other ceramicists, she discovered a passion for sculpting the human form. Retta’s obsession in particular is with “traditionally built women”.
This show’s focus is political in that Retta’s images of human female beauty do not subscribe to the marketed, mass produced or commercialized ideal of women. Retta’s women are strong, natural and comfortable in their skin. These porcelain sculptures show skin, muscle, flesh and gravity, celebrating the beauty of real women.