DeCluuz’ works to be exhibited in 2019 offer a remarkable gallery of female portraiture.
His seven golden-hued images can be seen as 7 Women, 7 Luminaries, 7 Virtues , or 7 Deadly S ins. While his constantly evolving medium intertwines circuitous fibers and metallic filaments, DeCluuz’ striking, large-scale tapestries are much less the product of loom mechanics than of the hand, mind and spirit.
Wrought in an unusual medium, DeCluuz’ tableaux challenge our relationship to the images. Iconic representations of femininity by other artists that evoke historic eras and venues now take on an anonymous, timeless and global flavor, as each portrait questions us with an insistent look that shatters both traditional artistic methodology and ideals of female complacency.