Over a dozen artists display the inspired takes on the macabre and erotic theme of “Death and the Maiden,” now through August 4 at Roq la Rue Gallery. Come see colorful takes on this timeless theme, which has appeared throughout art and literature since ancient times.
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Roq la Rue Gallery
2312 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
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Roq La Rue is pleased to present a group show revolving around the theme “Death and the Maiden”. This theme, of a young girl in an embrace with a skeleton has been an artistic inspiration from the ancient greek myth (with the story of Persephone and Hades), to a blossoming of imagery during the Renaissance and a resurgence during the Romantic Period, down to modern times. Like “Vanitas” still life images, the subject is meant as a reminder of the finite time one has on earth, however the “Danse Macabre” motif used between the young woman and wizened corpse or skeleton added a strange erotic charge.
For this show, we asked several contemporary artists to see this theme through their own lens. The results have been beautiful and moving, with some artists channeling personal events such as the death of a mother, or of a child. Others have incorporated a more subtle element, not showing the maiden or a skeleton at all, but rather hinting at some potential action that leads the maiden to an encounter with a premature end.
Kazuki Takamatsu, Femke Hiemstra, Travis Louie, Glenn Barr, Esao Andrews, Andrew Hem, Sylvia Ji, Peter Gronquist, Marco Mazzoni, Ciou, Lisa Petrucci. Laurie Lee Brom, Amanda Manitach, Jessica McCourt, Madeline Von Foerster, Jessica Joslin
This show runs through August 4th. It will not be on exhibit from July 10th- July 17th as we will be hosting the Pangea Seed Benefit show. The “Death and The Maiden” show will resume on July 17th.
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