Thorny Blockade -- Malena Barnhart
March 3 - April 14
Malena Barnhart uses found cultural ephemera such as children’s stickers and imagery from photo decorating phone apps to make art. Like the roses in Sleeping Beauty, Barnhart’s chosen materials are not inherently harmful, yet in accumulation can limit notions of possibility for young girls. Her sticker collages and digital illustrations retain the brightly-colored visual enticement of the original material, but slightly discomforting forms emerge from within her compositions. Stickers transform into animal traps and cages, while found digital imagery multiplies and builds up into web-like obstructions resembling organic growth systems.
Join the artist 6:30–8 p.m. Friday, March 3 for a First Friday reception with live music by Reid Riddiough & Max Beckman. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.