"Tangible Evidence of History, Memory, Longing, Delight"
-- Maira Kaulman
-- Maira Kaulman
How to Get Off a Well-Traveled Road..., Featuring the works of Alex Todorovich.
May 5 to June 12
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 6:00-8:00PM.
Image: How to Get Off a Well Traveled Road..., mixed media collage, by Alex Todorovich
Alex Todorovich (1950-2009) was an untrained, or naïve, artist, who first turned to art when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 54. Her diverse body of work- collage drawings, assemblage sculptures and beaded jewelry-integrates years of experience in folk art, decorative arts, and ornamentation. By giving form to her internal dialogues and philosophical tips on life she addresses not only the existential and cultural experience of cancer, but also the social body of love, celebration, and connection that comes with healing. She challenges us to walk with her as she attempts to answer her own questions: How do you leave a life before you are ready? How do you let go, to die? This intimate collection moves us through Alex's outer struggle with the physical cancer to the inner passage of the Self as it prepares to leap off the well-traveled road of a precious life. Chemotherapy, radiation and cancer ran through her system, but the cultural impact of a lived and loved life is the ultimate answer to her own questions of not only how to get off a well traveled path, but how to create one in the first place.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday 11:00AM-5:00PM, Saturday 11:00AM-3:00PM and by appointment. Additional details are available at www.smithfarm.com/gallery.
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center
1632 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009