Mirror, Mirror: Imaging the Magic Tale at Hunt Gallery

March 1, 2004

Mirror, Mirror: Imaging the Magic Tale, an exhibition featuring the work of five contemporary artists, will be on view at Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery March 8-26. The exhibition, curated by fiction writer, art critic, and Principia College English professor Dinah Ryan, explores ways that visual artists continue to mine the texts and imagery of archetypal fairy tales.

Deerfield, Virginia, native Shay Clanton’s oil paintings of landscapes evoke the mysterious and unfamiliar terrain in which the heroes and heroines must work out the problems and tasks to which they have been set by the story’s plot. Dane Margi Geerlinks’ digitized photographs adroitly image acts of invention and becoming. From Lynchburg, Virginia, Laura Pharis’ mixed-media drawings are accumulating images of the iconography of fairy tales, delineated by color. Katie Shaw of Richmond, Virginia, makes mixed-media fabric sculptures that are ornate, nonrepresentational refigurings of the magic tale. Elena Sisto from New York City creates portraits of the fairy tale’s stock characters. Isolated from their narrative context or iconic symbols, they suggest a different psychological complexity.

An essay by Ryan accompanies the exhibition.

Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the college’s academic year.