Images from “She Said She Said,” exhibited Dec. 16 – Jan. 22, 2017
The images combine physical reality with an illusory world that exists only within the perception of the viewer. The reflected figures seen in the mirrors echo the figures depicted in the paintings: the silent, unacknowledged, incidental work of being present. In one painting a figure balanced on a boat sitting in a placid river reaches up to tend a net or shroud. In another, three figures go about seemingly innocent yard work although the title, Bury the Body, hints at a grimmer narrative. Modernity is strung between the ubiquitous technology sector and a revived interest in handwork. She Said She Said asks us if, in the future, might “work” be performed only by machines while humans perform “labor” as a form of leisure? Will craftsmanship be valued only for its aesthetic qualities and not for its usefulness?