A Tulsa-World | Lorton Family Gallery Exhibit


Featuring two Oklahoma artists, DG Smalling and Nicole Moan, this exhibit visually explores the concepts of contemporary female warriors and reemerging matriarchy. Inspired by hope for change and reform offered through the Operation Lady Justice initiative, Smalling's stylized portraits of contemporary female leaders emerge from continuous strong black lines influenced by Southeastern tribal hieroglyphs and bloom with organic shapes of bold, consistent color. Envisioning the ethereal armor of contemporary female warriors, Moan manifests this spiritual regalia in elaborate, textural, mixed-media vestments, featuring ceramic bodices, natural embellishments, and hand-crafted fabrics.


The Visage of Modern Matriarchy was shown in the Tulsa-World | Lorton Family Gallery at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum from October 6, 2020, to January 21, 2021.