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The Mirror Revealed: Stories Told at Suffolk University Gallery

  • Suffolk University Gallery, Sawyer Building, 6th Floor 8 Ashburton Street Boston, MA 02108 (map)

We are made of our stories. 

Why do we need stories as a species? 
How do these stories in the form of myths, fairytales, and folktales reflect on our current cultural conditions, as they have for centuries?
Why do these archetypes continue to resonate?
How do similar narratives cross cultures?
How do we tell these stories to ourselves?
How are our real lives and stories mingled with our online presences and relationships?

The six artists in the exhibit answer these questions in myriad ways through their work. In her animation Every Two Minutes, Catriona Baker updates the story of Little Red Riding Hood as a cautionary tale of sexual assault, alluding also to the earlier, more disturbing versions of this story. Andrea Dezsö’s delicate ink-drawing vignettes, as well as her cut-paper tunnel books, illuminate scenes from the Brothers Grimm’s tales through the interplay of darkness and light. Anne Eder’s artifacts, books and hand-made photographs are forged at the intersection where the natural world meets the narrative impulse. Dan Estabrook’s evocative story-infused images use photographic techniques and processes of the nineteenth century, with forays into sculpture, painting and drawing. In her Gardening At Night series, photographer Cig Harvey takes on the outsized themes of home, family, nature, and time. Game designer Ulm’s installation Ordination, references the relationship between avatar and self, and how we define ourselves visually in a controlled presentation of identity.