“The Feminine Mystique” is an exhibition of artwork by three Clarksville artists who have collaborated for the past several years, seeking to explore the mystery of woman. Photographs and poems by Mitzi Cross and Malcolm Glass and paintings by Alexandra Pickett open several avenues to explore the power of the feminine.
Pickett’s paintings use dreamlike imagery arising from her unconscious attunement to her own femininity. In her work, the familiar world mingles with an inner world of the heart, mind, and spirit.
Cross explores the mystery and inner strength of woman using line, shape, and shadow of the figure. Glass’s portraits reveal character and emotion rising from the subconscious.
The poems by Glass and Cross respond to both photographs and paintings and to the feminine body and soul. They are not intended as interpretations, but as illuminations.
The several ways of perceiving womankind presented in this exhibit reveal the mercurial nature of the feminine. Antony’s words in Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra“ say it well: “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.”
About the Artists
Alexandra Pickett (Ali Lyn) graduated from Austin Peay State University (APSU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in Painting. She is a Clarksville artist and works as a graphic designer for Beachhaven Vineyards and Winery.
Mitzi Cross is an award-winning photographer, teacher and writer. She has taught writing and photography workshops in high schools, colleges, and other venues. She has exhibited her photography in numerous galleries throughout the United States. Four of her most recent works were selected for Exposed: The Contemporary Nude exhibit at The 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif. Her photography, poetry, and fiction have appeared in several publications including FLASH-POINT, North Carolina Scenes, Number One, In Focus, The Scribbling Mob, Body Wisdom and Southern Land Poetry Review.
Malcolm Glass is a local award-winning poet and APSU emeritus professor of English.