The Lester Family brought the Lester Family Circus to ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh last Saturday. From left are Ashley Lester, Kate Bourgeois, Elliot Daugherty and Amanda Lester. Missing: Courtney Lester.
Photo by Shaun Kittle.
Courtney’s primary interest lies in human anatomy, and she said that the more she observes, and paints, it, the more she appreciates it.
But her work doesn’t look like pages that were torn from Gray’s Anatomy.
“I like to bring out people’s imaginations, and make them wonder what made me think to paint that,” Courtney said. “I think the paintings speak for themselves.”
Kate Bourgeois’ photography speaks for itself, too.
A few of the photos she has on display were taken in an abandoned girls school in Poughkeepsie.
The subjects are damaged, neglected places that few people care to visit.
On the wall facing those pictures is a provocative series of black and white photos of some of her close friends.
The images aren’t typical portrait pieces, though.
“The concept I was going for was taking what society has nicknamed the sexual female parts of the body and throwing that very literally into people’s faces,” Bourgeois said. “It’s supposed to be humorous but at the same time make people question why we call our body parts other names. Are we ashamed to use the proper terms?”
Bourgeois stressed that the series is not meant to make people feel guilty for using slang terms, but hopes it will instead promote discussion.
“It’s a little bit of a feminist statement, and a little bit of a political statement, but I also wanted people to be able to giggle at it,” she said. “I just want people to take something away from it.”