“My Sweet, Sweet” Exhibit Explores Expressions of Sweetness

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This winter’s exhibit at The Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College explores a group of artists varied and personal meanings of the phrase “My sweet, sweet.”
Jason Murphy Hansy
Called “My sweet, sweet…,” the exhibit runs from Feb. 3 through March 13. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday noon until 4 p.m. “Sweet, Sweet Everythings,” an evening of three-minute performances, will take place in the gallery on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

“How does it feel just to say it? I wondered what people would think of as they said the phrase,” said Lisa Alembik, director of The Dalton Gallery. “From where does that sweetness emerge?”

In addition to artists selected for the show, submissions from Agnes Scott student, faculty and staff will be on display as part of the exhibit, titled “My sweet, by Agnes.” Students served as the curators for this portion of the exhibit, Alembik said.

The artists selected for the exhibit explore different interpretations, some lighthearted and some dark, of sweetness.

An artist and new mother, Kate Kretz, has a piece on display titled “Your Fragility” which consists of her daughter’s christening shirt embroidered with the artists’ hair gathered while she was pregnant.

“The piece is about the sweetness of children juxtaposed with the sense of loss that can come with being a parent,” Alembik said.

Artist Jason Murphy contributed four colored pencil drawings of people who represent certain types of sweetness is his life, including Hansy, his brother.

Artist Karen Ann Myers is represented by two large paintings, each depicting a woman from a god’s eye view, alone in a room.

“She’s a phenomenal painter. The women are placing themselves and giving themselves. They’re alone, so who are they presenting themselves to?” Alembik said.

A much darker interpretation of the phrase comes from Ashley Hope, an artist who often depicts serial murders in her work. The two works on display are larger than life drawings of two victims from a real murder case who believed they were auditioning for a role as a victim only to realize that they had, in reality, become a victim.

“She’s trying to capture the moment when the victim realizes that the play acting is real,” Alembik said. “They’re exquisite and horrifying.”

Local artist Caroline Bullock will exhibit several intricate gold paintings of oil rigs in gilt frames, a commentary on the oil industry’s never-ending search for “light sweet crude,” the highest quality oil.

“I like the idea of including the pursuit of oil as an obsession,” Alembik said.

Several artists represent other facets of sweetness from hugs between loved ones to the contrast between identities from day to night.

“The exhibit runs the gamut. It’s not literal,” Alembik added. “I wanted something about passion and feeling."

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