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Woman power

Marilyn Artus examines society’s treatment of modern women.

Courtney Silva March 30th, 2011

It’s safe to say that Marilyn Artus likes to make bold statements with her artwork.

In her newest exhibit, “Our Lady of the Perpetual Pin-Up,” now on display at the a.k.a. Gallery, 3001 Paseo, she uses mixed-media collages of vintage paper combined with hand embroidery to comment on what it’s like to be a woman in today’s American culture.

In “You Wanna Meat?” and other works, Marilyn Artus examines society’s treatment of modern women.

“I think it’s important to make commentary on the expectations of how women are supposed to be or act and how absurd these expectations can be,” Artus said. “I hope that when people look at my work, it gives them a taste of what it’s like to be a woman in our society. I want people to see how complicated and ridiculous all of these messages are that we receive on a daily basis.”

“Perpetual Pin-Up” remains on display during regular gallery hours of noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through April 30. For more information, call 606-2522 or visit —Courtney Silva

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