Blended, layered images create playful delight in "Mensonges d’amour"

“C.Y.S.L.A.R. No. 3”. Photo provided.

(Tulsa) Cait O’Darling’s exhibit, Mensonges d’amour, or Lies of Love, is the featured art at Oklahomans for Equality’s First Thursday reception February 2. The exhibit continues through the month.

O’Darling holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and an M.A. in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She graduated summa cum laude from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, with a dual major in Philosophy and Religion, and a dual minor in Latin American Studies and Photography.

She studied painting and sculpture at the Instituto Allende, a visual arts school located in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, and has taught college courses in art, American history, and philosophy. This will be the first time her work has been exhibited in Tulsa.

Mensonges d'amour features twenty composite photos. The series explores the power of a single gesture across multiple iterations. O’Darling boldly recomposes the embodied performance of a single “selfie” and adds new angles and juxtapositions.

The artist seeks to undermine a core concept of photography, namely, indexicality: the notion that what is depicted within the frame of a photograph tells us something true about the perceived reality at the very moment the shutter was released and the image was captured.

Blending and layering multiple images together, she creates new and fanciful ones that are patently untrue. A mockumentary, the exhibit offers viewers an opportunity to enter a playful space of delight and amusement, woven between truth and illusion.

The show begins with the First Thursday reception on Thursday, February 2 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4th Street in downtown Tulsa. Stephanie Oliver and Annie Ellicott will provide opening night music and there will be a door prize drawn of the artist’s work. The show continues throughout the month.

Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) seeks equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and families through advocacy, education, programs, alliances, and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.

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