Visual Arts

Still life from a different perspective: Liese Chavez's "deadpan girls" at Arts at Denver

There's a whimsical element in Liese Chavez's paintings. A woman is baking a pie, but there's feathers next to the pie, or a woman is holding a pear in her hand, but the pear is a house with a smoking chimney. The single maiden in a seemingly empty rustic house adds a fairy tale element, while the objects the women interact with derive from folk tales, like the blackbird pie. The result combines common still life objects with fantasy, and that's how Chavez takes her still lifes beyond the mundane in the group show, Intimate Views, Interiors and Still Lifes, at Arts at Denver.
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