Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Monday May 29, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

A Room of One's Own (2002)

 

continued

The Michigan Guild of Artists and Artisans offered area women the chance to depict their real or imagined personal sanctuaries by issuing each of them a fourteen-inch-square cardboard box to decorate as she liked, diorama style. Inspired by A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf's 1929 tract about obstacles faced by women artists, the exhibit shows 198 vivid abstract and representational boxed scenes crammed with visual puns, self-portraits, and otherworldly weirdscapes.

As a visitor pulls knobs on local musician Annie Gallup's black-velvet-coated box to part curtains and animate a female figure within, or peeks into Sally Silvennoinen's lace-curtained box provocatively titled Peep Show, a twenty-minute tape loop of one-minute statements by the artists plays in the background.

"The hands of women are covered," says Sheri Lynn. "They have things to do - social decorum, conventions - but in my box, you throw all that away and you play." Her box shows two white-gloved hands in the upper left and lower right corners. In between is a playful whirl of wire decorated with multicolored toy jacks.

Ellen Moucoulis describes being kicked out of an exhibit because her paintings were controversial. Her ideal room would be "a place where I can work and keep people out," she says, "where I can keep my paintings safe from the world and the world safe from my paintings." Her box shows a ragged, wiry chicken, resembling an angry dragon, leaping over a wire fence against a background of storm-cloud sky.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Nightspots: Elks Lodge
Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales
Miss Muehlig, Meet Dr. Rahmani
The spot where her house once stood will become an uncommonly graceful 6-story building.
Sally Mitani
The Return of the Trumpeter Swans
Seeing snow white in the spring
Bob & Jorja Feldman
Apartments in Chelsea
Hygge Anyone?
Ann Arborites warm up to Danish coziness.
Eve Silberman
Colleges and Universities
Shoe stores out and on the brink
And Burger Fi exits Tower Plaza.
Patti Smith
Health Care - Family Planning
Breakfast And Lunch Spots in Dexter
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI
Greek Festival June 9-11, 2017
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI