The Scenery in Mind|HER POWER Global Female Contemporary Art Online Exhibition 2021  · Chapter Four 

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Preface
HER POWER Curator Cissy Cheung   

"Her Power" Online Exhibition as "Life.Blossom" Exhibition - "Her Power" companion volume, began on International Women's Day 2021.

As the event originated in Kwangju Art Biennial in 2018, along with a motion by the President's Conference of the International Federation of Women's Arts, the event was then confirmed to be held in Hong Kong in 2021, during the International Women's Arts Federation Exhibition in Moscow in 2019.

Over the past few decades, women's art and female artists have risen, increasingly in academia, in the marketplace, making their voices heard and blooming- but not enough, yet her creativity clearly isn't silent, if not more powerful than men. Therefore, we want to build a platform for women around the world to shine; for professionalism, academic business, social responsibility and influential women's arts.

During the preparatory period, the world experienced an unprecedented "pulmonary disease". Our planning thus fell into a state of stagnancy; our plans cannot land, but our pace is still, out thinking non-stop.

In such a special historical period, long and difficult days have not been in time. Human accidents trigger our deep reflections on life: how can women cultivate strength in the limited length of life and increase the thickness and breadth of life? This was also a significant thought considered in the launching of the exhibition.

In the process of collection, we see the rich and tenacious "Her Power" conveyed by women's art. They bloom life and positive meaning in different countries and regions. They all have these things in common: they read for their own life, think for society, create portraits for the times, and hope to leave a mark on history.

The early stage of the event has been actively participated and supported by international female artists and art institutions, especially by many experts and scholars, as well as our guest curators, Dr. Han Qi, Dr. Rochelle Yang, Dr. Huang Mei, to which a series of guidance work was given. As well as thanks to Tao Weibai, Jia Fangzhou, Tong Yujie and other art and academic consultants for their strong support and guidance to the exhibition.

We believe when a person maintains an unfailing passion and enthusiasm for art, then she has given her life the meaning and value of youth. The energy yielded by the heart that burns for art is "her power" unmatched by anything else. 

Foreword 1​
Guest Curator
Dr. Rochelle Yang

古希臘神話裏,維納斯女神是主宰愛與美之神,象徵著女性的力量,雍容典雅,剛柔並濟。

 

「她力量」女性藝術聯展,正是女性創造力以及內在力量的集體綻放。策展人朱宇博士,將精心策劃的女性藝術聯展取名為「她力量」,其意義可謂深遠。

 

綜觀藝術史上,創立藝術派別的先驅者或代表人物,大多以男性為主導,女性藝術家卻寥寥可數。但這並非是女性在藝術方面缺乏表現,主要的原因仍是女性屈就於傳統社會觀,在男性主導的藝壇下默默創作,又或者走入家庭生活。

 

時代的變遷讓當代女性有了更多創作空間和資源,女性藝術家的才華和創造力,也早已開始萌芽,並在藝壇上嶄露頭角。

 

波提且利(Sandro Botticelli)在《維納斯的誕生》中,以柔美的輪廓線,來描繪美麗女神的誕生。它亦體現着當時佛羅倫斯流行一種新柏拉圖主義的哲學思潮:美是不可能逐步完善或從非美中產生,美只能是自我完成,它是無可比擬的,美是不生不滅的永恆。

 

而此次由天趣主辦的展覽,試圖展現女性藝術家們發自內心與自我的無可比擬之美;并通過她們的作品,加深人們對於女性的創造力與內在力量的認識,她們堅韌勇敢,細膩敏感,樂於分享,和諧助人,也因愛的力量而綻放。

Foreword 2
Honorary Secretary and
Representative of Austrailia of IWAF
Sandra Angliss

IWAF was formed in 2018 in Gwangju, Korea, where we held our first committee meeting and made plans for the future. 


IWAF has representatives in twenty-three countries and approximately 120 individual artists. Countries representative in IWAF are; Australia, China, China – Hong Kong, China – Macau, Finland, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea (Daegu and Gwangju), Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Norway, Singapore, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA and Vietnam. 


IWAF grew out of INWAC – the International Women Artists Council, which was successfully active for over two decades, from the early 1990s until the sad and untimely passing of INWAC's President and founder, Dr. Yuen Chee Ling, in 2015.


Maria Esmont, IWAF Russia – Representative, proposed an IWAF International Women Artists Exhibition, to be held in Moscow in 2018. This exhibition was moved to May 2019 and was given the theme “Motherhood....hope of the future”. On behalf of all members of IWAF, we thank Maria Esmont and her team for organizing the Moscow exhibition, art conference, international children's exhibition, and wonderful tour of Moscow and her surrounding regional country towns, art galleries, and historic churches and other buildings. About 98 international artists, their friends and family enjoyed exploring Russia in the glorious Spring weather.


In Moscow, Dr. Cissy Cheung – Representative IWAF Hong Kong, proposed for the next IWAF International Women Artist Exhibition to be held in Hong Kong in 2021.


At that time no one could have foreseen the unfolding events that the COVID19 pandemic would unleash on the world. So many people have lost their lives, this has been a truly devastating time for all of humanity.


Dr. Cissy Cheung proposed the option for an 'online exhibition', as, at the time of writing, international travel is still not recommended. The worldwide vaccine champagne has only just begun. Dr. Cissy Cheung and her team have worked tirelessly to create this IWAF online exhibition, with the over-arching theme of 'Her Power' and the sub-theme 'Life Blossom'.
Though we have all been devastated by the COVID19 pandemic, as humans we strive to find and hang onto hope - we all hope that life will blossom again after COVID19. These thoughts were with us all, as we worked on our artworks, in isolation in our studios, contemplating the pandemic and its effects on our family, friends, and all of humanity. It is impossible not to link this exhibition to our collective experiences with the pandemic. It has been like a heavy blanket, that has covered and touch us all.


I thank every artist for staying positive during these difficult years and making an original artwork to share.


On behalf of all members of IWAF, we warmly thank Dr. Cissy Cheung for making IWAF – Hong Kong “Life Blossom” online exhibition a successful reality. I thank all people who have supported Dr. Cissy Cheung and her team at her art gallery, The Art of Nature, and IWAF – Hong Kong. Thank you to all sponsors who have assisted this exhibition.

2021 · HER POWER

The prologue of the "Life.Blossom” Exhibition - "Her Power" Online Exhibition, was jointly initiated by HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society, Art Life Foundation, and female artists and art institutions.

 

The first stage will bring the recommendations from our academic consultants, invited curators and  International Women Artists Federation as pilot. Up to now, we have received works from around 120 artists from more than 30 regions (including oil paintings, ink paintings, installations, sculptures, photography, digital images, etc.).

 

The call for works is still open to public. The online exhibition will also be published by region, theme, category, subject, or material.

 

The content of the online exhibition will be presented on Art of Nature’s official website and the platform of "Her Art", Facebook,  and overseas online platforms.

HER POWER

Art of Nature Intrenational Female Art Online Exhibition

 Orgainisors :

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society, Art Life Foundation

2021 · HER POWER· FOUR

“Era and Human”, “Mind”, “Let there be light”, “Infinite Ink”, “Mindscape”

Section 5  ERA AND HUMAN

 

ZHOU TIANLI《Red Kapok》《The Beauty of the Earth》

MONCHING《Fetters No. 20》《To Beg, To Accuse》《The Beach》

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ZHOU TIANLI

A well-known contemporary Chinese artist, art thinker, and humanist. Born in 1956 in Shanghai. Studied in the UK in the early 1980s.

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Red Kapok, 137cm x 69cm, 2021

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The Beauty of the Earth, 140 x 368 cm

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MONCHING

 

Taiwanese female artist and writer. Graduated from the Business School of National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.

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Fetters No. 20, 53 x 72.5 cm, Oil on canvas, 2015

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To Beg, To Accuse, 41 x 31.5 cm, Oil on canvas, 2015

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The Beach, 80 x 65 cm, Oil on canvas, 2017

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Section 2 MIND

HUANG YEN-JUNG《Woman with a Flower》《The Unbridled》

 XU HONGYAN《Road》《Crossing》

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HUANG YEN-JUNG

 

Professional Painter.Graduated from the National Taiwan College of Art. Retired from the Taipei Municipal High School Teacher of Arts. Established the Ming-lung Art Gallery, serving as its Executive Director for Exhibition Activities. ArtPillar Artistic Director. Distinguished alumni of National Taiwan University of Arts.

 

Join 4th, 6th and 8th Beijing International Art Biennale in 2010, 2015 and 2019.

Important Exhibitions:

2020 Myanmar-International Women Artists’ Exhibition, Myanmar

2019 Short-listed – 8th Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing

2017 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2016 International Exhibition of Modern Art, Shilla Stay Hotel, Korea

2016 15th Tokyo International Painting and Calligraphy Exchange Exhibition by Ueno Tokyo National ArtMuseum, Tokyo, Japan

2013 Cross-strait Art Exchange Exhibition of Calligraphy and Painting, Taiwan Assembly Hall, Beijing

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Woman with a Flower, 100 x 60cm, Oil on canvas, 2020

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The Unbridled, 90x50cm, Oil on canvas, 2018

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The color blocks, rhythmic lines, and different geometric shapes frame the painter's mind and spiritual world on the canvas. In the world of abstract painting, with the sprouting of emotions, the variegated colors sway and change, and the dots and faces are interlaced.

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XU HONGYAN

 

Associate professor of the Academy of Fine Arts of Shaanxi Normal University and master's tutor. Engage in the teaching and research of Chinese landscape painting. Member of the Chinese Artists Association, winner of the title of excellent member of the Shaanxi Federation of Literary and Art "Shuangxin". In 2014, he was a visiting scholar at the School of Arts, Peking University, and a visiting scholar in the School of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2017.

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Road, 68 x 68cm, Acrylic on paper, 2020

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Crossing, 68 x 68cm, Acrylic on paper, 2019

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The looming dawn, the vertical and horizontal terraces, the blooming and fragrant flowers... The water waves and the sky overlap, everything changes in time and space.

Meditation, listening, and contemplation in life are all poetic awakenings to the soul.

Take care of the heart, pursue the truth hidden behind the audiovisual, and rebuild a warm and fresh spiritual home in the depths of the spiritual house, quiet and dust-free, free of disputes, and let the soul live here.
 

Section 3 LET THERE BE LIGHT

HUANG SU-MEI《Time of Peace and Purity 1》《Time of Peace and Purity 2》

JOY MEI-YEH , WU《Cave 1》《Cave 2》

ROCHELLE YANG《Energy, Her》《After Rain》

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HUANG SU-MEI

 

Living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Has worked for the Cultural and Arts Foundation for many years, which has won several national art awards. Over the past few years, she has also won a number of awards, give great encouragement. Joined the International Association of Women Artists since 2016.

Huang's creative style has undergone the development and changes from the initial figurative realism to the present love to express her inner world through words and colors.

 

Important Exhibition:

2019 The 11th Thailand-Malaysia International Women Artists Exhibition

2019 International Women Artists Group Exhibition, Central House of Art Worker, Moscow, Russia

2018 10th International Women Artists Exhibition, PSU Gallery, Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand

2016 HER PRESENCE IN COLOURS XII, Taiwan

2011 First Inviting Exhibition Of 100 Contemporary Chinese Women Artists

2006 HER PRESENCE IN COLOURS VII, Korea

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Time of Peace and Purity 1, 53 x 45.5cm, Oil on canvas, 2020

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Time of Peace and Purity 2, 53 x 45.5cm, Oil on canvas, 2020

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JOY MEI-YEH , WU

 

Taiwanese artist. Was the recipient of 15th “Nan Ying Art Award” in the category of oil painting. Participated in international exhibition in Beijing, Portland, Vietnam, Mongolia, Taiwan, Moscow, Langkawi, India, Thailand, Turkey and Korea.

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Cave 1, 100 x 130cm, Oil on canvas, 2020

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Cave 2, 100 x 100cm, Oil on canvas, 2020

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Most of the elements of Wu’s artworks come from her life experiences and memories from her travels, she blends in her vision and impressions onto the canvas with natural and simple strokes. Although she has not been academically trained, she has always been passionate about painting.

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ROCHELLE YANG

Engage in both visual art, Photography, Performing arts, new media and film. Honorary Doctorate of Arts of CISAC France, Director of Art Map/Art Plus News, Member of International Dance Council-UNESCO, Assessor of Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Director of Asia Pacific Dance Association.

 

Yang's works have been exhibited in countries all over the world, including Nord Art in Germany, Shenzhen International Biennale, Asian Modern Art Exhibition, etc. The latest animation film was selected for the 2021 Microwave International New Media Art Festival.

 

Important Exhibitions:

2021 Microwave International New Media Arts Festival

2019 Asia Contemporary Art Show, Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong

2019 Hong Kong City Fair, Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong

2019 Nomad Spirit: Media Art Exhibition. Sea World Culture Center Shenzhen (V&A Museum) 

2018 Art Taipei Festival, Taiwan

2017 The Biennale of Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shenzhen

2016 Photography Exhibition, Nord Art International Exhibition, Germany.          

2015 The Fantasy of Light: Fine Art Photography Exhibition, K11 Art Space

2013 Street Sensation Art Exhibition, The Alternative Museum, New York

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Energy, Her, 60 x 60 cm, Mixed media and Acrylic on canvas,  2017

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After Rain, 52 x 71cm, Ink and color and digital illustration, 2021

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This series of works is based on the theme of portraying nature, which is intended to express a kind of calm and gentle but containing the energy of healing the soul, just like a mother's embrace.

Section 4 INFINITE INK

SIU WAI HING《Colors Overflowing》《Morning Wind》

WU HUILING《Starry sky》《Mountain and House》《Mountain and Fog》

LIU JIA《Whisper》《Blue Butterfly》

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SIU WAI HING

 

After completing the Advanced Diploma of Chinese Ink Painting at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she has followed many famous teachers to study tradition and create new style ink paintings that use salt to paint.

 

She served as the president of the Hong Kong Contemporary Creative Ink Painting Association from 2019 to 2020, promoting the creation of Chinese ink painting. She also instructed students about ink art in schools and community centers.

 

Siu was invited to exhibit at home and abroad, the paintings have also participated in ink painting competitions. The paintings are also collected by many domestic and foreign cultural institutions.

 

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Colors Overflowing, 140 x 75cm

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Morning Wind, 136 x 67cm

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Siu used salt in his paintings, with changes in ink and wash, trying to take a different path to create a new variety of Chinese ink paintings.

She firstly conceives the first draft and then sprinkles salt and ink on each part of the drawing paper. Because salt is composed of countless crystals, rice paper is dyed and woven into patterns. Based on the concentration and distribution of salt flowers, it is also caused by the texture is adjusted so that the image on the rice paper forms according to the creator's idea. After multiple salt spraying, ink/washing, it gradually becomes a vague landscape ink painting.

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WU HUILING

 

Received a master's degree from the Oil Painting Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, a member of the Hong Kong Branch of the World Women Artists Association, and the International Art Investment Elite Exchange.

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Starry Sky, 80 x 100cm, 2021

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Mountain and House, 50 x 100cm, 2021

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Mountain and Fog, 50 x 100cm, 2021

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Wu has created a series of gray works in the past two years. Gray represents harmony, calmness, neutrality, and remoteness. She expresses the life and vitality of time and space through a series of characters, animals, and scenery. She hopes that life can be reborn, and that the sky is bluer, the water is clearer, and the mountains are farther.

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LIU JIA

 

Born in Beijing and now lives in Hong Kong. Currently a member of the Hong Kong Artists Association, 4D Art Club, Contemporary Innovative Ink Painting Association, Hong Kong Art of Nature International Feminist Art Research Society, and International Women Artist Associates. Also, the president of Thinkers Group.

Her works have been featured in scores of major art events in Hong Kong, the Mainland of China and Europe, such as Shanghai Art Fair, Shenzhen Art Fair, Ink Asia Hong Kong, Asia Contemporary Art Show, Affordable Art Fair, Asian Art in London, Hong Kong City Art Fair. Held 2 solo exhibition in 2016 and 2019.

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Whisper, 178 x 96 cm, Ink on canvas, 2019

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Liu’s works are inspired by what she sees and feels about life. She follows the tradition of Chinese ink art that emphasizes the transformation of nature as observed to its reinterpretation that reflects the thoughts of the artist.

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Blue Butterfly, 58 x 30 cm, Ink on canvas, 2018

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While honing her technique by revisiting the tradition, Liu is always pushing her boundaries by exploring contemporary ideas and techniques.

Section 5 MINDSCAPE

SHAO YING LI《Unlimited Treasure》《Nourishment of the Fall》

CHEN LIYING《Happy Movement》《Beautiful Day》

CHUANG TSAI CHIN《Flower Chronicle 1》《Flower Chronicle 2》

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SHAO YING LI

 

Born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1963. A member of Art Alliance of Southern Taiwan and Hua Tuo International Art Association.

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Unlimited Treasure, 53 x 45.5 cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2020

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"The mountain didn't have any description of itself before it became my painting. After I describe it, he is an endless treasure."

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Nourishment of the Fall, 33 x 24 cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2018

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The sun only shines on the meadowfoam, the stream and pebbles only nourish the meadowfoam, and the meadowfoam only bloom for autumn.

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CHEN LIYING

 

Graduated from Kaohsiung Normal University Fine Arts Institute. Currently the lecturer at Fuying University of Science and Technology, oil painting lecturer at Kaohsiung Normal University Art Center and No. 12 studio oil painting teacher.

Important exhibitions:

2019 International Women Artists Group Exhibition, Central House of Art Worker, Moscow, Russia

2017 Asia-Pacific International Exchange Exhibition, Tainan Cultural Center

2016 Chang Gung University Art and Culture Center Oil Painting Invitation Solo Exhibition

2015 International New York Art Fair

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Happy Movement, 72.5 x 60.5 cm, Oil painting, 2020

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Beautiful Day, 91x72.5cm, Oil painting, 2020

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CHUANG TSAI CHIN

 

Taiwanese artist.

Important Exhibitions:

2019 International Women Artists Group Exhibition, Central House of Art Worker, Moscow, Russia

2018 10th International Women Artists Exhibition, PSU Gallery, Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand

2017 57th Venice Biennale Exhibition

2016 Korea Gwangju 5th International Women Artists Exhibition

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Flower Chronicle 1, 100 x 100 cm, Oil on canvas, 2018

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Flower Chronicle 2, 100 x 100 cm, Oil on canvas, 2018

"Born a female artist, I was taking care of the natural ecology feminist stance and creative writing "flowers Chronicle." Flowers are the most pleasing to the tree of life bloom in different seasons, the time is ripe to fruition, is a common image of a woman."

HER POWER Online Exhibition 2021

This exhibition not only visually displays the unique and delicate creations of women, but also hopes to bring out the possibility of women’s perception and feminine aesthetics in contemporary art, beside the men-dominated mainstream, and promote their representability in the art world. This exhibition would serve as a forum for dialogue of the reflections on social culture and the examination of personal issues from women’s point of view, mainly delivered by their works of all forms.

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society was founded in 2011 as a Hong Kong registered non-profit organisation; with the objective of uniting female art enthusiasts across Hong Kong, China, and overseas. It welcomes any and all females in art-related fields, as well as those interested in promoting contemporary female artwork. The Society aims to sponsor female artists and help them achieve their full potential. It has established the “Infinite Love” Series Triennial on 2015 and “Her.Power” Series Online Exhibition on 2020.

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