Dwora Fried is an assemblage artist creating mixed media tableaux in wooden boxes. She populates them with miniature vintage furniture, dolls, toys and fabrics from the 50s, adding photographs, plastic, wood, metal and paint. Her small rooms evoke what it was like to grow up as an outsider in postwar Vienna; being Jewish, lesbian and a child of Holocaust survivors, she learned to see everything through the prism of loss, danger and secrecy.
“I inherited a sense of isolation, displacement and an appreciation for the surreal.”
Big Red Riding Hood
Mixed Media Assemblage, 8x12x3.5 in. 2018.
“Fried’s assemblages are encased in glass covered rectangular boxes populated with an assortment of petite objet trouvé—vintage toys and dolls, discards from her family home, fabrics, photographs and items of the sort. These paraphernalia materialize into narratives that speak of memories, fantasies, truths and the psyche. The box can be a metaphor for the womb, the home, containment, claustrophobia, entrapment and marginalization and Fried utilizes many of these tropes. She employs this scale and format as it invites the viewer into an intimate experience.”
~Karen Schifman, Art Professor and Writer
Mixed Media Assemblage, 13x17x7 in. 2018.
Fried has exhibited in multiple group shows at Gallery 825/Los Angeles Art Association, bG Gallery at Bergamot Station, Chicago’s Elmhurst Art Museum, San Francisco’s Arc Gallery and Orange County Center for the Arts. Most recently she showed at Fullerton College Art Gallery, Castelli Art, Sola Contemporary and at Quotidian—a Jill Moniz Project.
She had solo shows in London, England, Venice, Italy at the Museo Ebraico, Vienna, Austria and California. Her art is in the permanent collection of Vienna’s MUSA Museum.
Mixed Media Assemblage, 16x15x6 in. 2019.
2021 CAA CONFERENCE
CAA will hold its 109th Annual Conference as a virtual program, February 10-13, 2021, as an initial part of the association’s digital transformation. Providing content in a virtual format preserves and enhances access to the program and allows conference attendance to expand beyond boundaries embracing a global audience.
This year CAA includes sessions, papers, speakers, and related programming on the topic of Climate Crisis, including but going beyond eco-art and eco-criticism, and with climate justice and intersectional thinking as priorities, which might be of special interest to our Members as WCA will not offer a conference this year but focuses on 2022, WCA’s 50th Anniversary.
Learn more about CAA’s Conference https://www.collegeart.org/programs/conference/conference2021
The Women’s Caucus for Art strongly supports the Black Lives Matter movement and we stand with those protesting against racism with non-violent actions. We support the fight for justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, and countless others who have been killed by the police and white vigilantes. We will say their names.
WCA is an inclusive member organization of art professionals. We support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) which is reflected on our national board, panels, curators, exhibitions and publications. Our organization is committed to the growth and exploration of art for social activism and transformation.
Join us in rededicating ourselves to knowing our racial past and creating change now to ensure a transformative future through artistic expression, engagement, and education.
The WCA Board of Directors
ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Maureen Burns-Bowie, Director of the International Caucus’ UN Program (https://www.wcainternationalcaucus.org/) is pleased to share with Women’s Caucus for Art members a new online publication, “Beijing Journal” (https://www.beijingjournal.online/).
This year, 2020, we celebrate ten days in September 1995 as the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China. This event brought together 17,000 UN delegates and 30,000 representatives from civil society NGO’s (non-governmental organizations). Women worldwide went to the conference to explore the role of women in society, develop solutions with timelines, enumerate steps to reach those goals, and demand accountability.
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Join today if you want to become part of a vibrant community of women in the arts, as a Member-at-large (MAL), or as a member of one of our 21 chapters located throughout the United States.
Who is WCA?
Video by Washington DC Chapter Member, Kim Foley.
MISSION & PURPOSE
The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to create community through art,
education, and social activism
We are committed to:
- recognizing the contributions of women in the arts
- providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development
- expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women
- supporting local, national, and global art activism
- advocating for equity in the arts for all
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
WCA is a networking organization for women in the arts.
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