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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: August 27, 2014

Of Women by Women: 2 artists’ perspectives on women & self image at Elizabeth Moss Galleries

Written by: Bob Keyes
“Arena II,” by Veronica Cross.

“Arena II,” by Veronica Cross.

 

Veronica Cross began her latest series of paintings by thinking about the political implications of the veil.

“The idea of covering with the veil is fascinating to me,” said Cross. “I have no perspective with it at all. I don’t have any family members who took the veil, and it’s not part of my culture. But I found it interesting as a formal idea. As someone is covered, they are also having attention drawn to them.”

Cross pursues her ideas in a two-person show at Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, “Of Women by Women.” She is showing work with Lesia Sochor, who exhibits a series of what she calls “bodice” paintings that consist of thin layers of oils applied on pattern paper used in sewing and fashion design.

Together, both women tackle themes that relate to self image and how women are perceived and portrayed in culture.

Their joint exhibition is on view at the Falmouth gallery through Sept. 20.

Also on view at Elizabeth Moss is a group of realistic landscapes and seascapes by part-time Maine resident Nadia Klionsky. Her show is titled “Maine Realism” and depicts the majesty and mystery of Maine.

She is the daughter of Marc Klionsky, a Russian immigrant who painted in both the U.S. and Russia. In her statement, Nadia Klionsky said she was struck by “the remarkable similarity” between the Cathedral Woods of Maine’s Monhegan Island and the Russian countryside of her youth.

“Harpswell Sound,” by Nadia Klionsky.

“Harpswell Sound,” by Nadia Klionsky.

Klionsky’s lush oil paintings are in the front gallery at Elizabeth Moss. “Of Women by Women” is in the gallery’s back room.

In an interview, Cross said she investigates how women present themselves and how they are framed in the media and often objectified in society at large.

Sochor’s paintings offer commentary on society’s obsession with style and trends and what Moss calls “the enormity of today’s garment industry.… It goes beyond a nod to the world of fashion and into self image and the symbols of women in society.”

Moss wasn’t planning to show the work of Cross and Sochor together, but it made sense after she looked at the work.

“Both are interested in the role of women in society, how that relates to clothing and how we present ourselves,” she said.

After the exhibition in Falmouth, Cross will show this work in New Orleans. She is part of post-Katrina biennial.

Cross lived in New Orleans while she was growing up and said she has always identified with the city and its culture. “New Orleans gave me a special world view, which is a desire for lushness,” she said. “I’m always looking for the flavor at the bottom of the pot.”

 

“MAINE REALISM” BY NADIA KLIONSKY,

“OF WOMEN BY WOMEN” BY LESIA SOCHOR AND VERONICA CROSS

WHEN: On view through Sept. 20; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

WHERE: Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 781-2620 or elizabethmossgalleries.com

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