Close and Lost, 9/2/16 - 9/30/16
"Close and Lost" brought together artists Lauren Wilcox (Pittsburgh) and Meg Wolensky (Philadelphia) whose work both explored themes of intimacy and loss.
Wilcox's "Consumptive Passions" series created a vision of the feminine through the build-up of layered images. By drawing on archived photos of "thinspiration", she explored forces of consumption as applied to the female body - digestion of food and of images of women's bodies. She also meditated on the consumptive nature of intimate relationships when they begin to take over a women's life.
Wolensky had collected her imagery for this series from her personal life; she reflected on a period of high stress and transition. The works in this show described Wolensky's growing experiences of forming familial relationships with other queer women and reflected on a recent unraveling of a relationship. Working quickly with watercolor and snapshots, Wolensky weaved an intimate personal narrative that is unafraid to deny the audience resolution.
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