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Faces of Veracity: Paintings by Christina Duarte

  • Community Gallery at ValleyArts 400 S. Jefferson St. Orange, NJ 07050 (map)

Join us at the opening reception for Christina Duarte's Faces of Veracity exhibit in the Community Gallery. 

Meet the artist, view the work, and enjoy conversation with a glass of wine.

On view through Feb 1, 2018.

Each of us has people that have impacted our lives. John Donne famously wrote, “No man is an island entire of itself.” Yet, in today’s world we are more and more isolated in our daily experiences, living “virtual” lives where we are expected to uphold a certain persona in order to achieve acceptance. This is especially true for women. Society requires us to behave in a certain way, hiding our vulnerability and true selves both for safety and social inclusion. 

The paintings I have created for Faces of Veracity show both the external mask and the internal conflicts of each individual. These are women who have greatly influenced my life and whom have gifted me with a view of their most authentic selves. I have done my best, through paint, to do them justice. In representing these two sides each individual I am creating a dialogue about women who feel the need to cover their true feelings while reflecting the current state of our culture that enforces this behavior. 

As a body of work these paintings represent a collection of narratives of strong women who are willing to allow this revelation as a platform to speak out against prejudice, sexism and the stigma of personal struggle. In the poem I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou writes, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” I am honored and privileged to be allowed to portray these stories. There are many more to be told.

Later Event: February 14
Financing Creative Placemaking