Elegy: Ancestry & Ritual

  • 31 Oct 2015
  • 28 Nov 2015
  • Patricia Clarke Studio @ Palm Loft Galleries

Santa Barbara-based international award-winning photographers Barbara Parmet and Patricia Houghton Clarke are well versed in synchronicity and ritual, both in their work and their personal lives. In this inaugural exhibition at Patricia Clarke Studio, the artists are blending their individual imagery in a celebration of the Day of the Dead and All Soul’s Day.

Parmet’s stunning fabric cyanotypes feature skulls of various types: Human, Horse, Deer, and Dog. In the words of the artist, “…all these are mere reflections of ourselves underneath all the fame and fortune, violence and desire which culture layers on top of the simple truth that our existence is fragile and fleeting.”

Journeying into the heart of Mexico last year, Clarke found herself in the center of a collision of outrage and time-honored celebrations surrounding the Day of the Dead. Her medium-format black and white film photographs capture the nationwide mourning of 43 missing students along with ritual observances in Mexico City and at Ocotopec, an ancient cemetery outside of Cuernavaca. Rupture, grace, dislocation, and humanity inform the images. They ask for us to come closer, to take a moment, to consider. To remember.

Opening Reception – October 31, 6 – 10 pm + November 1, 12 – 5 pm

Artist Talk – November 21, 2 – 4 pm

Closing Reception – Saturday, November 28, 2 – 4 pm

All events are free and open to the public.

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