Everson show addresses child abuse

Everson's 'Under One Roof Reprise' is worth a special visit this week

This is the last week "Under One Roof Reprise" will be up at the Everson Museum. Don't miss this nine-woman show that holds its own on display next to the much touted "Jackson Matters."

Actually it is the second show based around a group of women artists teaching, working and studying under one roof that of Syracuse University's ComArt Building. The first show was "Under One Roof" at the Soho20 gallery in Chelsea (Manhattan) in 2004.

This important show is a visual treasure trove of thought provoking remembrances, ideas and colors both grand and tiny in scale.

Upon entering the gallery there is a fabric installation reminiscent of details often found in interior design -- wallpaper that appears to be growing up the galleries wall. In fact it is fabric tacked to the wall with tiny nails. It took three people, three days to install the piece.

It is marvelous -- weaving about in a demonstrative and unnatural format ultimately creating a sense of order.

This is the work of Ann Clarke, who said of her work, "This is my language. This is how I tell my stories."

It is easy to translate ones own story from the visuals Clarke lays out before us.

Ivory is black and white

Perhaps the most striking of the installations is Mary Giehl's "Ivory." It is black and white and clean and fresh.

Giehl a former nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care (PIC) at Upstate, collected old baby dolls from secondhand stores and the flea market. She then created plastic molds that she filled with glycerin, Ivory soap and paraffin -- effectively making about 100 life-size baby dolls out of soap.

"I couldn't use a doll that I knew was connected to a specific child," she said.

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