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FORBIDDEN FRUIT

CURATED BY HILARY DOYLE

FALL  2021

Accompanying print catalog available 

Digital catalog

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FEATURED ARTISTS 

Berly Brown

Susan Carr

Su A Chae

Alexandra Chiou

Julia Curran

Venetia Dale

Ann Dawkins

Catherine Della Lucia

Ariel Freiberg

Yuan Ge

Siena Hancock

Xiao He

Amber Heaton

Alison Judd

John Paul Kesling

Alicia Little

DaNice D Marshall

Farrell Mason-Brown

Rachel Morrissey

Kevin Mosca

Sophie Najjar

Taya Naumovich

Kara Patrowicz

Denise Reichenbach

Amy Reidel

Rebecca Roberts

Annika Sarin

Aparna Sarkar

Lauren Skelly Bailey

Christl Stringer

Jacquelyn Strycker

B. Avery Syrig

Sarah Valeri

Xingyun Wang

Robert Zurer

CURATOR STATEMENT

"Archaeological, mythological and historical evidence all reveal that the female religion, far from naturally fading away, was the victim of centuries of continual persecution and suppression by the advocates of the newer religions which held male deities as supreme. And from these new religions came the creation myth of Adam and Eve and the tale of the loss of Paradise.”

― Merlin Stone, When God Was a Woman (1978)

 

“Forbidden Fruit” plays with the mythological Garden of Eden as a place of questioning and metaphor. This group show of work explores motherhood, craft, and nature in over 30 works of art from around the country and world. 

 

Eve is the metaphorical stand in for all women and all mothers and also a representation that is questioned in this show. “Roles that traditionally fall on women such as that of parent, nurse, teacher, educator etc do not need to be a means of oppressing women. On the contrary, as long as these roles are valued as important societal achievements the women who perform these roles are esteemed in their community.”- Societies of Peace Matriarchies, Past, Present and Future (1). Images of the figure and especially the female form in the show either reveal insights into motherhood or utilize abstraction of the body in ways that subvert the male gaze. Fragmentation of the body merging with space can be seen in the layered enigmatic paintings: such as in Man in the Jungle by Denise Reichenbach and also in shape shifting bodies of “Divers II” by Aparna Sarkar. Motherhood is examined as fraught and emotionally complex in the symbolic works in the show. “Ameryca’s Two Sons” by DaNice D Marshall. shows two son’s: one dressed as an american flag leaps from the table while a second more behaved child draws serenely. “Rear View Mirror” by Kara Patrowicz represents a mothers watchful eye -we see what she sees: her baby, the road and more abstractly nature passing by all at once.  Christl Stringer and Ariel Freiberg show the ways women push themselves to extremes from metaphorical balancing acts to impossible feets of multitasking. Amy Reidel’s ceramic mombies show the pain and humor of being a mother or grandmother as children are permanently glued to their sleepless bodies. Other figures enter political forests as in Annika Sarin’s unbelonging 1 which shows women's pain while critiquing the “unbelonging” history of colonization.

 

Craft is another once taboo theme that is a celebrated motif in the show. The Pattern and Decoration movement artists in the 1970’s debunked and called out the pejorative use of the words “decorative” or “craft” as mere sexism masquerading as art theory, yet many of these ideas still pervade today (2). Powerful intricately embroidered collage work by Venetia Dale hides the phrase “mother said no” in a cacophony of references to pop culture and floral forms. Jacquelyn Strycker’s printed psychedelic “Crazy Quilt” seems to propose new shape possibilities for blankets giving the pattern an almost anthropomorphic form.  Ceramic sculpture “Conglomerate V” by Lauren Skelly Bailey shows a conceptual amalgamation of mosses, leaves, a mountain or an underwater coral reef that is dying and coming back to life all at once. 

 

Wilderness in the show is depicted as lucious, exploding open with light, and endless mystery. Nature seems primordial in the detailed, paper work “When Darkness is At Its Darkest, That Is the Beginning of All Light” by Alexandra Chiou, or in the astral kiss in the stars by Berly Brown. Light is broken down into a warm color spectrum in Rebecca Robert’s painting “The First Half of June.” In Su A Chae’s cubist jungle titled “Journey” wild creatures dart about just out of view. Depictions of fruit in the show are playful and probing with references to movement and the body. Rachel Morrissey’s “Blue Blume” has a snake or vine that, glowing neon, creeps towards the viewer in the dead of night. “What The Garden Gave Me” by Julia Curran pokes fun at the cycles of birth, aging, and death behind a magical set of doors springing open or closed depending on how you choose to view the work. 

 

In summary the whimsical, wild work in “Forbidden Fruit” creates a lush environment to enter into as the viewer is asked to probe and question the meaning and value of craft, motherhood, creation myths and nature today. 

Hillary Doyle

 (1)Societies of Peace: Matriarchies Past, Present, and Future, edited by Heide Goettner-Abendroth (2003)

 (2)Art Hysterical Notions of Progress and Culture. Valerie Jaudon and Joyce Kozloff, (1978)

Berly Brown
Berly Brown

Lover, Forget the Sun Oil and acrylic paint, acrylic paint skins, glass beads, reflective vinyl, and canvas on wood panel, 17x17x3 in, 2021

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Berly Brown
Berly Brown

Lover, Forget the Sun Oil and acrylic paint, acrylic paint skins, glass beads, reflective vinyl, and canvas on wood panel, 17x17x3 in, 2021

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Susan Carr
Susan Carr

second birth for terra Mater Oil on wood, 11x13x2 in, 2021

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Su A Chae
Su A Chae

Journey Acrylic, molding paste, and glitter on canvas, 36x36 in, 2021

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Alexandra Chiou
Alexandra Chiou

When Darkness Is at Its Darkest, That Is the Beginning of All Light Acrylic, ink and cut paper, 29.5x21x1.5 in, 2019

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Julia Curran
Julia Curran

What The Garden Gave Me Acrylic, collage, and silkscreen on hinged wooden panels, 36x42x2 in, 2020

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Julia Curran
Julia Curran

What The Garden Gave Me (Opened) Acrylic, collage, and silkscreen on hinged wooden panels, 36x42x2 in, 2020

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Venetia Dale
Venetia Dale

Piecing Together: If mother says no A Unfinished embroidery collected and stitched together, 25x25 in, 2018

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Ann Dawkins
Ann Dawkins

Naked #1 Oil on canvas, 18x24 in, 2021

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Catherine Della Lucia
Catherine Della Lucia

1 Days to Expiration Wood, porcelain, plaster, casein paint, 30x18x19 in, 2021

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Ariel Freiberg Basson
Ariel Freiberg Basson

Half Moon Oil on panel, 14x11 in, 2021

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Yuan Ge
Yuan Ge

Chouchou and Lili's Playground Oil on canvas, 48x48 in, 2021

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Siena Hancock
Siena Hancock

VV4 Cast glass, 3.5x8x3 in, 2021

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Xiao He
Xiao He

East Village II Acrylic, colored pencil on wood panel, 40 × 30 in, 2020

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Amber Heaton
Amber Heaton

The River Acrylic, wood, and tassels, 14x22x1 in, 2021

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Alison Judd
Alison Judd

The Leaves are Vulnerable Oil on Canvas, 30x40 in, 2021

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John Paul Kesling
John Paul Kesling

Pool Cleaning Acrylic on 135lbs watercolor paper, 15x11in 2021

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Farrell Mason-Brown
Farrell Mason-Brown

Gwynevere Oil on canvas, 26x20 in, 2021

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Alicia Little
Alicia Little

Unstable Structure plaster, latex paint, 31 x 45 inches, 2021

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DaNice D Marshall
DaNice D Marshall

Ameryca's Two Sons Acrylic, 20x24 in, 2021

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Rachel Morrissey
Rachel Morrissey

Blue Bloom Acrylic paint & colored pencil on paper, 16x20 in, 2021

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Kevin Mosca
Kevin Mosca

Divider Oil on canvas, artist’s frame, 24x30x3 in, 2020

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Sophie Najjar
Sophie Najjar

You Ever Been Flat on Your Back in a Cactus Patch? Acrylic on panel, 24x24 in, 2021

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Taya Naumovich
Taya Naumovich

Summer days Digital, 16x20 in, 2021

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Kara Patrowicz
Kara Patrowicz

Rearview Mirror Wool felting, 12.5x17 in, 2021

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Denise Reichenbach
Denise Reichenbach

Jungle Boy ( European vs Australian Painting) Oil on canvas, 80 x 75 cm, 2021

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Amy Reidel
Amy Reidel

From the Mombie Series (Grandma Love) Acrylic on glazed stoneware, 6x3 in dimensions variable with 16 x 20" removable decals for display, 2018/2021

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Rebecca Roberts
Rebecca Roberts

Warmest Baseline Acrylic on paper mounted on board, 12x16 in, 2021

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Annika Sarin
Annika Sarin

Unbelonging 1 Digital Collage, 6x10 in, 2021

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Aparna Sarkar
Aparna Sarkar

Divers II Oil on canvas over panel, 35x28 in, 2021

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Lauren Skelly Bailey
Lauren Skelly Bailey

Conglomerate V Glazed stoneware, slip, multiple firings, 13x11x7 in, 2020

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Christl Stringer
Christl Stringer

Winter Used to Be My Favorite Season Acrylic and Oil Pastel on Canvas, 16x12 in, 2021

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Jacquelyn Strycker
Jacquelyn Strycker

Crazy Quilt Sewn risograph on cotton stuffed with polyfill, 41x38x1 in, 2021

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B. Avery Syrig
B. Avery Syrig

Forbidden Fruit Found wood, dried lemon with 22k gold leaf, acrylic painted air-dry clay, found stones, rattlesnake skin, leather mounted on wood base 10x5x5 in, 2016

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Sarah Valeri
Sarah Valeri

Dense little bodies Oil on canvas, 36x48x1.5 in, 2021

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Xingyun Wang
Xingyun Wang

Personal Altar #6 Ink and watercolor on paper, 22x90 in, 2021

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Robert Zurer
Robert Zurer

Being and Nothingness Oil on canvas, 48x30 in, 2021

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