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We live in a violent world: school shootings;
terrorist bombings; unending warfare; political assassinations; muggings; rape;
battery; murder; child abuse; human trafficking . . . the list goes on and is,
regrettably, way too long.
This timely exhibition by more than two-dozen women
artists addresses some of the complex and difficult questions surrounding the
topic of violence. The works range from Michele Colburn’s Bearing Arms (three giant teddy bears whose plush fabric reveals
disturbing patterns) to Jing Deng’s American
Nightmare (a painting of a school’s playground viewed through the
cross-hairs of a scope). Other pieces consider wars and their aftermath,
including the lingering effects of the Holocaust. Some approaches are cool
(such as Pamela Flynn’s tally marks in Still
Counting) while some are decidedly emotional (like Gail Morrison-Hall’s Bloody Self-Portrait). Others play close
to home looking at women in the military (Krista Jiannacopoulos’s Combat Confidential), while still others
take an international view (Wendee Koren’s Once
Upon the End, where the eyes of a woman peer out from the slit of a niqab, or
Cindy Back’s No Violence: Las Casas de
Suchitoto, a series of silkscreens based upon her recent trip to El
One of the display cases features a grouping of
handmade dolls from The Ragdoll Project. Made by a variety of artists and other
volunteers, the Project is an ongoing effort by the Philadelphia Women's Caucus
for Art that educates the public about human trafficking and commercial sexual
exploitation. The artists involved also work to support survivors, and at-risk
women and children.