Jowhara AlSaud scrapes out negatives until she gets to simple linear outlines that, when she prints them, turn out to be vibrantly assertive action scenes that are a testimony to Wonder Woman feminism delivered with the most refined emotional subtlety. With the intensity of a Japanese comic book and the nuanced sensibility of a brush-stroke painting, AlSaud’s images realize a possibility implicit in pop art—raising mass culture to refinement while preserving its crude mood. Never did any woman embody the will to power so lavishly as a warrior girl brandishing a lance as her long black hair sweeps over her beautifully shaped militant face. AlSaud also depicts women asleep and vulnerable, grieving, hugging and gaily dancing, all assertive, even in despair. (Michael Weinstein)
Jowhara AlSaud shows at Schneider Gallery, 230 West Superior, through December 13.