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Claire Cowie: Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth
Steele Gallery, Gage Academy of Art
October 14th – November 14th
Catalog available at blurb.com. Search “weeping and gnashing of teeth”.
Related works available at James Harris Gallery.
Grief, regret, fear, and anxiety.
The war looms, the economy collapses, there are shootings in schools and places of worship and stabbings in homes, friends get cancer, the oceans are polluted. Everyday I watch my 2-year-old daughter get braver – still, everyday she gets a couple new owies. Her sadness is my sadness.
We are at war with ourselves and with each other. We rationalize our bad behaviors and justify our complacency about environmental decline, poverty, and abuse. We worry about our anxieties and we fear potential sufferings.
This work addresses my conflicted sense of morality. The imagery is inspired by expansive sources including historical war photography, children’s wartime drawings, medieval plague art, Indian miniatures, Chinese scroll painting, current events, the Bible, and works by artists such as Francesco Ubertini, Pieter Bruegel, Fra Angelico, Martin Schongauer, Caspar David Friedrich, Luca Signorelli, and Francisco Goya.