Beverly McIver: Invisible Me
March 3 – April 15, 2006
BEVERLY McIVER explores the meaning of “otherness” and its many manifestations, from racial identities to family roles, in works of painterly bravura and expressionist force. Writing in the catalogue of McIver’s recent exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Raphael Rubinstein situates her work in the tradition of modern painters whose subjects are autobiographical, and he points to the strength of emotion that marks McIver’s work. Her strategies of self-invention and examination – for example, her self-portraits in both clown whiteface and minstrel blackface – become means toward the goal of a deepening awareness of self and other.