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.
Little Addictions -- Elizabeth Howard January 22 - February 24
These little addictions are part of a year-long challenge entitled, “a doll a day.” The project consisted of creating, photographing and posting one figure on Instagram every day during 2016. Each piece was crafted by hand using vintage and contemporary materials that combine a touch of nostalgia with a modern twist.