Alexa Guevara on Doris Lee’s Spillway

Filed in Collection by on December 29, 2020
Doris Lee (1905-1983) Spillway, c.1940 Oil on Canvas 18 x 28 inches Gift of the Estate of the artist
“An audacious self portrait to capture one of the most successful female artists of her era. The positioning of the figure is very similar to a classic nineteenth century French portrait but unlike traditional portraits of women, Doris Lee is not hyper sexualized.
There doesn’t feel to be a performance for a man’s gaze. This portrait is as refreshing as the water and as free as the bird soaring above. I was drawn to this painting because of how it portrays women. The viewer can see that she is not dainty, rather she is simply bathing after a hard day’s work. Channeling Lee’s bold spirit this piece feels empowering to women as not being portrayed as an object of desire.”

Alexa Guevara

Alexa has just recently received her BFA in Photography with a minor in Art History from Suny New Paltz. She’s really interested in the tactility of art, photography in particular, and how we perceive touching artwork. Her focus recently has been motivated by the immigration process that she sees through her father. Curiosity has brought her this far and her work continues to grow and change.


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