"Stepmothers, Stepsisters, Witches and Virgins" Exhibition

7 Eleven Gallery

poster for "Stepmothers, Stepsisters, Witches and Virgins" Exhibition

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"Stepmothers, Stepsisters, Witches and Virgins" is an ensemble of young emerging talent and established New York City based female artists.

The work of the fourteen artists who are included in "Stepmothers" reflects certain themes of fairy tales. Unconscious content finds expression in the motifs and characters of fairy tales, and thus, as with any great art form, these tales may represent different things for different people, at different times in their lives. Fairy tales carry little reference to the reality of the outer world; their meanings are therefore only useful in relation to the private workings of our inner life. By alluding to internal conflicts and suggesting how they might be resolved, fairy tales can provide insight into the nature of an elevated state of humanity. These epic and archetypical tales become a part of the collective consciousness, as they are ingrained in the reader's memory and moral databanks.

Antithetically, we are also drawn to fairy tales' dark, sexual psychological nature. In the 1970's many feminists turned their attention toward fairy tales for clues to society's deep-seated notions of gender roles. The response gathered from this new approach brought everything about the literature into question, especially the consistent "happily ever after" ending. Along with the traditional, one will find that "Stepmothers, Stepsisters, Witches and Virgins" contains many subtle feminist undertones and sexual imagery.



from September 25, 2008 to October 16, 2008

Opening Reception on 2008-09-25 from 19:00 to 22:00

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