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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About . . .

The Jane Sauer Gallery is one of my favorites in Santa Fe and I never fail to visit them when I’m in town. They feature high-quality, innovative, and exceptional work by carefully hand-picked artists. I always find something that delights me!

This month, mixed media artist MARY O’SHAUGHNESSY is featured and her show, “Daughters of Memory,” opens this Friday, October 2, with a reception for the artist from 5-7 p.m. The show runs through October 27th.

work grounds itself in the curvaceous female form and makes fresh use of such materials as handmade abaca paper, neon, wood, doll furniture, beeswax, metal and text. Each is a narrative work, often related to the ironic aspects of being a woman, and frequently revealing the artist’s wry sense of humor.

ry recently spoke with Jane Sauer about her work:
The figures look like torsos, the iconic headless, armless torsos that we associate with classic art, but I see them as the external manifestation of these internal dialogues. As a woman, I have struggled to overcome these internal dialogues, and see myself for who I am, not through the critical eye that was created by me as a reaction to words or events that have happened. . . . I know that we all have these demons, and by creating sculpture that addresses some of these universal concerns, in a humorous way, I hope to let others know they are not alone, and that they can move beyond the circular thinking that keeps them from moving forward.
If you are in Santa Fe, drop in and see these poignant, skillfully crafted "herstory" creations for yourself. You may find you can’t live without at least one!

Winter Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 10-5; closed Sundays & Mondays

To see more images: http://www.jsauergallery.com

-- Rosemary Carstens
Carstens Communications

(Images: Left, "You Can Never Be Too Rich or Too Thin," 31" x 17" x 13"; right, "Bingo! Life Is a Game of Chance," 33" x 17" x 18")

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