Rarely do we find exceptionable art that is conceptually developed around paper dress patterns. John Westmark's art expresses the struggles of women, often weighed down by voluminous clothing that is perhaps symbolic of their obligations and duties, while at the same time it underscores their beauty and fragility. His work plants all the contradictions right there in one sweep and, if you are a woman, there is your life and that of so many others, frozen in one scene. You feel like you are looking at a self-portrait. It is powerful and important. See the show if you are near Charleston, SC -- it's there from April 4th to July 13.
Thank you, John, for your eloquent and beautiful work.