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MARYANN STEINERT-FOLEY: What You Don't See
Feb. 1 - 25, 2019 | Reception: Feb. 8, 6-9 PM

Eyes are the windows to the soul.  They unavoidably say a lot about a person, or about an artist who has rendered the human gaze in a certain way. So then how are we to understand much of the work in this room if the eyes are so often hidden or obscured? And the pieces about Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) and horses - where do they fit?

The dynamic most often invoked in describing the mechanics of art viewing is the ‘interaction’—the silent conversation between a piece and the person looking at it. Mostly, though, the interaction consists of a relatively emphatic artistic declaration supplemented only slightly by a viewer’s perception or interpretation. In figurative sculpture, the viewer is at a special disadvantage because there is so established a set of interpretations for facial expressions and postures that one is hardly encouraged to look further.

By hiding or altering the eyes in many of the pieces here, thus leaving questions open that are so often automatically answered by the eyes, I’ve tried to shift to the viewer some of the challenge of deciphering ‘meaning.’  The result I hope will be that viewers will impute more to any given piece than I could ever have built into it.  

The sculptures on Ruth Bader Ginsburg titled Forbearance, Diligence, Justice/RBG, and Vision give form tocharacter attributes you don’t see displayed much in our political environment. The sculpture’s mission is to remind you of those important qualities.

And in the horses that I sculpt, you don’t see strategy, controversy, or agenda – just creatures fully available to carry the traits, often noble and admirable, with which you choose to imbue them.

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