Veronica Cross began her latest series of paintings by thinking about the political implications of the veil.
“The idea of covering with the veil is fascinating to me,” said Cross. “I have no perspective with it at all. I don’t have any family members who took the veil, and it’s not part of my culture. But I found it interesting as a formal idea. As someone is covered, they are also having attention drawn to them.”
Cross pursues her ideas in a two-person show at Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, “Of Women by Women.” She is showing work with Lesia Sochor, who exhibits a series of what she calls “bodice” paintings that consist of thin layers of oils applied on pattern paper used in sewing and fashion design.
Together, both women tackle themes that relate to self image and how women are perceived and portrayed in culture.
Their joint exhibition is on view at the Falmouth gallery through Sept. 20.
Also on view at Elizabeth Moss is a group of realistic landscapes and seascapes by part-time Maine resident Nadia Klionsky. Her show is titled “Maine Realism” and depicts the majesty and mystery of Maine.
She is the daughter of Marc Klionsky, a Russian immigrant who painted in both the U.S. and Russia. In her statement, Nadia Klionsky said she was struck by “the remarkable similarity” between the Cathedral Woods of Maine’s Monhegan Island and the Russian countryside of her youth.
Klionsky’s lush oil paintings are in the front gallery at Elizabeth Moss. “Of Women by Women” is in the gallery’s back room.
In an interview, Cross said she investigates how women present themselves and how they are framed in the media and often objectified in society at large.
Sochor’s paintings offer commentary on society’s obsession with style and trends and what Moss calls “the enormity of today’s garment industry.… It goes beyond a nod to the world of fashion and into self image and the symbols of women in society.”
Moss wasn’t planning to show the work of Cross and Sochor together, but it made sense after she looked at the work.
“Both are interested in the role of women in society, how that relates to clothing and how we present ourselves,” she said.
After the exhibition in Falmouth, Cross will show this work in New Orleans. She is part of post-Katrina biennial.
Cross lived in New Orleans while she was growing up and said she has always identified with the city and its culture. “New Orleans gave me a special world view, which is a desire for lushness,” she said. “I’m always looking for the flavor at the bottom of the pot.”
“OF WOMEN BY WOMEN” BY LESIA SOCHOR AND VERONICA CROSS
WHEN: On view through Sept. 20; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
WHERE: Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth
HOW MUCH: Free
INFO: 781-2620 or elizabethmossgalleries.com