A solo exhibition of Chicago photographer Caitlin Arnold. This marks the two and half year point in Arnold’s project, engaging a portfolio of young women from across the US living in rural, suburban and urban environments. As these girls strive to represent their growing femininity for the photographer (and thus the audience), the viewer is left faced with the awkwardness, confidence, and misplaced maturity involved with the development of a young girls’ life. The result is a thoughtful body of portraits accurately portraying a broad expanse of girls experiencing and relaying their maturity.
Arnold’s artistic practice of meeting and spending time with each girl allows for an intimate atmosphere for these portraits. A common thread of confidence in the girl’s statures and trust in the artist to allow these expressions to unfold, results from the time spent between artist and subject. Although unintentional, body language and expressions repeat through this series remarking on Arnold’s thesis that a girl’s maturity is a defining and lasting shift. With a host of girls ranging in ages, the viewer can see the beginning, awkward development and confident acceptance of their burgeoning womanhood.