Gia Del Duca
"Judith's Revitalization" is a three-dimensional, topographical neon light reinvention of Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting “Judith Beheading Holofernes.” The original painting by this seventeenth-century feminist artist is an Old Testament scene that depicts the assassination of an Assyrian general by two opposing women. As a victim of sexual assault herself, Artemisia uses her rage and resistance to depict female protagonists with power, agency and strength— in contrast to the fragility and submission depicted in male artists’ versions.
Some time ago I learned that Artemisia is a personal ancestor. With this project I am interested in connecting Artemisia’s legacy to future generations of women such as myself, who will continue to stand up for women’s rights.
On view at Stamps Gallery
This work is featured as part of Adapt: The 2019 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performances, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.