Monday, May 11, 2009

Haunted by Mary Chiaramonte

May 16 - June 13
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 16, 7-9pm

Mary’s works are studies of people with whom she is connected, be they friends, family or characters from a song. She tells their stories through painted snapshots. For Mary, the eyes are not the windows to the soul; instead, her soulful work is characterized by figures with no faces but as forms to be studied and felt. Much of Mary’s work is, in-part, self-portraiture: she uses the narratives of her subjects to help translate events of her own life, allowing her an added connection to the paintings. By hiding the most recognizable feature of her subjects, their faces, the works become less about a specific person and more about a universal feeling or experience, allowing each of us to place ourselves in that space. Mary’s ability to capture emotion through the human form gives her otherwise haunting “headless” figures a relatable quality.

Long View Gallery
1302 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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