Upfront Gallery & Lobby

Libby O’Daniel
In Other Words
Upfront Gallery

March 2-31

First Friday Gallery Walk:
March 2 | 6-10pm

Artist Talk:
March 24 | 12noon

Libby O’Daniel

In Other Words is an ongoing body of work that delves into how it feels to exist between worlds in a society that demands clean-cut categories for things like gender, sexuality, and identity. Libby O’Daniel paints her journey to unpack the overlapping identities she has felt her whole life, and to find her place on a number of spectrums. Learning from others who are on the same journey has become an integral part of this process. With the hope of deconstructing the division between traditional and contemporary identities, O’Daniel shares a neighbor-to-neighbor experience for the community to hear those whose self-definition is often disregarded. O’Daniel invites you to get to know your neighbors. Sit. Listen. Stay a while.

This project is funded in part by a United Arts Council 2018 Professional Development Grant. The Professional Development Grant program is funded and administered by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. The program is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and operated in partnership with the Franklin County Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Vance County Arts Council and Warren County Arts Council. 

Libby O’Daniel, born in Tucson, Arizona, raised in Michigan and Colorado, has lived in North Carolina for fourteen years. Although her early adult years began with a career in real estate in Raleigh, NC, Libby later came to realize her artistic talent in her thirties while attending Meredith College as an adult student, earning her B.A. in Studio Art. While at Meredith, O’Daniel began making paintings that questioned gender roles and the gender binary, and continues to make work that invites the viewer to question the social norms of sexual and gender identity.

Site-Specific Installation:
Tedd Anderson

Davie St Entrance

Tedd Anderson’s mural features the iconic “dry space” characters for which the artist is known set in a landscape filled with swirling, topographic lines, jagged edges, and meditative objects and shapes. A banner with a poem scrawled on its surface runs through the piece, bringing the imagery into a cohesive whole.