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Painting by Melanie Daniel

Image: Melanie Daniel, "70% Contained (Blue Woman), 2019, Oil on canvas, 20h x 20w in.
 

Fairyland

March 20 – April 17, 2021

I see magic wherever I look. The fluttering of Wings and wands out of the corner of my eye. Butterflies speak to me and tell me it’s ok to fly solo. Mushrooms grow wild and spotted in the weeds of my yard sheltering fairies and goblins. Dybuks creak around in my kitchen- scratching my stainless steel oven and causing cracks in the ceiling. In the twilight of morning I see sparkles in the air and feel the presence of kindly ghosts encouraging me to stay in bed. Tricksters lurk in the shadows challenging me to do wrong. They make the lights flicker and drop things in the middle of the night. The dogs stare in the darkness, respectful of the world they can only hear. Between night and day and a world of dreams, a universe exists beckoning me to enter and stay.

There is an unseen parallel space where sprites dwell. Where once upon a time is the opening sentence of every story and tears create streams for sadness to float away. Every closet door is closed at night and shadows cannot be ignored. Listen closely and you will hear footsteps that have no explanation. The footfall too light for a person but definitely not an animal. Whether you choose to acknowledge the unknowable, or ignore it, it pulsates and multiplies creating fodder for creativity and imagination. Welcome to Fairyland.

 

BENJAMIN CABRAL, JIHA MOON, HEIN KOH, ANTHONY SONNENBERG, MELANIE DANIEL, CLAIRE PARTINGTON, CAROLINE LARSEN, AARON SKOLNICK, KATE MACDOWELL, GENEVIEVE COHN, PHILIP GERALD, NATALIA ARBELAEZ, HANNAH LUPTON REINHARD, THERESE MULGREW, VALERIE HAGERTY, ROXANNE JACKSON, LOLA OGBARA, AZIKIWE MOHAMMED, PAIGE TURNER-URIBE, KIRSTEN DEIRUP, ASIF HOQUE, CRAIG KUCIA, SUPER FUTURE KID, CHRISTIAN RUIZ BERMAN, MOREL DOUCET, THOMAS BILS, ADRIAN SCHACHTER, JEREMY OLSON