María Berrío, Caroline Walker, Flora Yukhnovich
By Mark Westall
Images:María Berrío, Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope), 2019 (detail). Collage with Japanese paper and watercolour paint. 233.7 x 299.8 cm, 92 x118 in © María Berrio, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice.
Victoria Miro in association with The Great Women Artists presents a summer exhibition featuring three young artists who rethink traditional genres to touch upon themes of migration, the workplace, and the gendered language of painting.
Based in Brooklyn, María Berrio grew up in Colombia. Her large-scale works, which are meticulously crafted from layers of Japanese paper, reflect on cross-cultural connections and global migration seen through the prism of her own history. In her quietly luminous paintings, Scottish-born, London-based painter Caroline Walker focuses on intimate portrayals of women at work in domestic and public spaces, including hotel maids, office workers and shop assistants. In her large-scale paintings London-based artist Flora Yukhnovich adopts the language of Rococo. Reimagining the dynamism of historic works by eighteenth-century artists such as Boucher and Tiepolo, Yukhnovich brings classically-inspired painterly traditions into a more consciously feminine and contemporary realm.