Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Forest of Drawings

At the Newcomb Art Gallery, the installation is black and white with the drawings from Sandra Pani a Mexican artist.The giant panels (118 x 43 inches) hanging from the ceiling transform the space in a maze where the visitor can gaze at different stages of metamorphosis of humans into trees. Spines become trunks, branches float, roots support fragile giants. The Greek goddess Daphne was transformed into a tree by her mother Gaia to avoid Apollo's pursuit, a rebirth of a sort. In fairy tales, trees are alive and speak. Shape shifting often involves magic. The grey shadows softening the black shapes on the white background create an atmosphere of unfinished process...
a quest to solve the mystery of reincarnation.

photograph by the author

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