Return of Saturn
Reflecting on Saturn’s completion of its 30-year orbit, Steph Alvarez likewise mounts her first solo show as an evaluation of her 30 years of living. As its namesake suggests, “Return of Saturn” presents a retrospect of Alvarez’s artistic journey influenced by her Catholic upbringing, her exploration of portraiture, and her personal responses to social norms that come with age. The ten artworks are presented as petals, all intricately manifested by her solid control of watercolor, give not just nostalgic jaunts into her past, but more of attempt to reassess the present. Apt for her debut solo exhibition, she uses these personal moments to eventually create pieces of what she wants her future to bloom into.