Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong presents an exhibition of new paintings by Paulina Olowska. Olowska’s oeuvre has long been informed by her examination of the restrictive stereotypes that underpin representations of womanhood in the history of art. Seeking to depict femininity in all its guises, Olowska’s visual language asserts and redefines the capacity of the female gaze in painting, encoding each work with symbols and narrative cues that embolden her subject’s physical and psychological presence.
For her second solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Olowska has created a body of works depicting muses and heroines in various scenarios at different times of the day and night. The title of the show alludes to John Berendt’s novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and the subsequent film adaptation.