The Sampler Series is an exploration into the authority of words that are used to denigrate and diminish women. Placed in the context of a ‘sampler’, rendered in an elegant script via the use of peragamo and entwined into a white background of delicate lace like collage, the viewer is asked to explore levels of femininity, domesticity and implied shame.
The stitching of samplers was historically taught to women from a young age as a way to promote and signal both virtue and achievement. By placing the words, spinster, hysterical, bitch, slut and shrill into the traditional feminine craft environment of a sampler, parchment art and lacemaking, the Temple Sisters are repurposing and appropriating the word from a sense of patriarchal ownership.
ABOUT THE TEMPLE SISTERS
Holly studied art and art history at the San Francisco Academy Art, San Francisco State University and at C.S.U. in Florence, Italy. She worked in New York for many years as an Art Director at Avon, Christian Dior, Estee Lauder, David Yurman, among others and currently runs her own freelance graphic design company in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Ashlee studied theatre at N.Y.U. and received her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. She continues to work in theatre as a director and as an associate professor at Delta College in Stockton, California.
Both of their backgrounds provide for unique perspectives on visual storytelling, which is a conscious, ever present element of their work. When apart, they work independently on the same project, developing separate but parallel designs that are consolidated only when they reunite in their studio.
The Sisters have spent a lifetime studying art under their father, California artist Brook Temple.
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
2019 The Art Party, The Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey, CA.
Party for Democracy, The Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey, CA.
The New Domestics, Finding Beauty in the Mundane, Horton Jr Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA; curated by Gail Enns, catalog.
2018 ‘You’d Be Prettier If You Smiled’, Identity, Gender and Dissonance, (three person exhibition), Susan Abbott Martin, Maria Porges, The Temple Sisters, Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA.
The New Domestics, Finding Beauty in the Mundane, The Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA; curated by Gail Enns, catalog.
2017 Now What? Art and Politics in 2017, Green Chalk Contemporary, Press Club, Seaside, CA.
Awakening, Green Chalk Contemporary, Carmel, CA.
2016 Fresh Works, Best in Show award, Juried Exhibition, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, www.firehousearts.org
A Portrait of an Artist, The Independant, Sand City, CA.
Accidental Art Show, Rear Red Doors, Haddonfield, NJ
2015 Seeing Red, Danville City’s 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Danville, CA.
53rd International Show at the San Diego Art Institute, Juried by David A. Ross, Chair of the MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Art in New York City, San Diego, CA.
2014 Community Palette Show, Juried Exhibition, Monterey, CA
2012 Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA
Sand City Artist Reunion Exhibition, The Independent, Sand City, CA.
2012 Grand Opening: Juried Art Competition, Laundry on Lawrence, Denver, CO.
2010 Inspirations, Katzen Museum, American University, Washington DC.
2008 Icons, Juried Art Competition, Womens Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Fall Collection, The F.U.E.L. Collection, Philadelphia, PA.
Women’s History Month: Relics & Remembrances, Fountainhead Gallery, New York, NY.
Parris, New York, Philadelphia, PA.
The F.U.E.L. Collection, Philadelphia, PA.
2007 Fall Fusion, The F.U.E.L. Collection, Philadelphia, PA.
Six Painters, Carbon 14 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Small Works, Muse Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.
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