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Published March 5, 2024

Our Monthly Team Selections: March 2024

By Team Testudo

We're proud to share that women represent more than half of the artists featured on Testudo. According to the 2023 Art Market Report, only 38% of the artists represented by galleries globally were female despite near even representation at art schools. And women artists account for only 30% of gallery sales.

We know that the art world can do better to push for equal representation and inclusion.

This Women’s History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on some of our favorite pieces from Testudo. Explore the work, build your collection, and join us in breaking down barriers for women in the art world.

Hanna Washburn, How Many Hearts Does a Squid Have?

Hanna Washburn, How Many Hearts Does a Squid Have?, 2022, Glazed ceramic, recycled textiles, thread, batting, 16" x 10" x 6"

"I love this artwork from Hanna Washburn because it reminds me of a marine creature. I'm not sure if it's the title of the work or the overall shape - but I find myself drawn to the fabric "tentacles". Hanna's particular approach to combining colors and patterns make this piece very visually striking."

—John, Co-Founder

Kim Garcia, remedies

Kim Garcia, remedies, 2023. Epoxy clay, resin, peacock feathers, medical casting tape, DuoMatrix, necklace chains, and half empty sake bottle. 48" x 203" x 24"

"Kim Garcia's remedies is part of her solo exhibition Smoking in the Garden, which delves into folklore from Kim’s mother's stories, examining how oral narratives can transform trauma into power. When I visited Kim's LA studio last Fall for an interview, this piece was front and center. As I started filming Kim working in the studio, the outlines of the sculpture provided a vibrant, guiding frame for my camera. Circling the piece, I was immediately drawn to the subtle moments of interruption: a silver hand, a peacock feather cast in resin, a glass bottle. To me, the work is both bold and meditative, almost evolving in real time as a viewer orbits the piece."

—Kate, Content

Heather McPherson, The Magician (Am I That Name)

Heather McPherson, The Magician (Am I That Name), 2022, Painting on paper in epoxy, 9" x 11"

"McPherson transcends the line between figuration and abstraction. The suspension of the tarot card in epoxy renders an otherworldly feeling. I'm drawn in particular to the flamboyance of the character, perhaps the Magician, flying through the page. The pops of color generate warmth but also surprise."

—Kirby, Co-Founder

Kati Kirsch, 

Kati Kirsch, Tank, 2023, oil on panel, 20" x 16"

"Kati Kirsch created Tank in response to one's view of the world when looking through their own lens. Specifically, she is playing with scale in a way that invites us to participate in the exercise of considering our own understanding of what our experience of the world may be and how singular or limited that lens can become. The addition of the ornamental plastic gem heart provides a softness that I love about Kati's work because it creates space for her sense of joy to come to the surface."

—Petra, Growth

Susan Stainman, 
Portable Bench for Lingering Conversations

Susan Stainman, Portable Bench for Lingering Conversations, 2019, wood, fabric, 16" x 40" x 13"

"Susan Stainman’s works blur the relationship between subject and object by rendering situations where the viewers’ experience of the work is mediated through their proximity to someone else."

—Connor, Artist Outreach

Zoe Alameda, 

Zoe Alameda, clicking10/47:03, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 24", Photo Credit: Alejandro Rico-Gomez

"At first glance, clicking10/47:03 strikes you with its sense of chaos. It seemingly depicts a car crash with red and grey swaths bleeding to the edges of the canvas in a horror vacui (fear of the empty) composition. Indeed, wire and fabric peel off beyond the surface of the canvas. However, the more you look, the more you see the balance and harmony underpinning the composition."

—Reilly, Partnerships


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