Ties and Capes

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Ties and Capes

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - June 18 @ 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until June 4, 2022

One event on June 3, 2022 at 6:00 pm


Ferrouge’s Ties and Capes portrays two of the artist’s daughters playing dress-up. Both wear men’s hats and neckties, with blankets tied around their shoulders as makeshift capes. One of the girls stares out at the viewers with happy confidence; the other straightens her hat, staring off to the left, and lifting her chin in a pout. Neither smiles in the sentimental way of so many conventional images of children. Instead, we see their complex personalities and their playful exploration of gendered clothing. This is important work as it countermands misconceptions with seductive, painterly beauty.”

– Betty Ann Brown, Ph.D.


Batgirl and Robin is about friendship that bridges us together from a young age. The best part of a youthful game is the fun we have when we are on the same team looking out for each other. We concoct storylines that unites us against the “bad guys”. Memories from this make-believe playtime forms our identities and prepares us for life.

In this case, it is also about a true friendship.

–Christine Ferrouge, Artist


May 28 @ 12:00 pm
June 18 @ 5:00 pm
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Gallery at the Werkshack
481 25th Street
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Name of the Artist
Christine Ferrouge
About the Artist
Christine Ferrouge creates narrative paintings of childhood where character and identity are forming quietly beneath the surface. The models for her subjects are often girls. The paintings are a glimpse into the serious work of imaginative play where the children practice adapting to their social culture or physical environment. Ferrouge's paintings are larger than life and her subjects are dignified, confident, and thoughtful. This documentation of girlhood is both contemporary and timeless.