Lot 37 - Angela Fraleigh - Study of; I Wake Knowing That I Will Sing Again if I Promise to Never Look Back (A Mythic Spell for Healing)
Watercolour, Hematite, Jade, Bloodstone on Watercolour Paper
Signed on Verso
Curated by Carrie Scott
Angela Fraleigh has spent her career exploring narrative art’s hierarchical patterns. Keenly observing how images and roles from Western art history intersect with contemporary representation and attitudes, Fraleigh uncovers why certain tropes remain relevant, who they benefit, and how. Over the last decade, she has worked with institutions to create several site-specific solo exhibitions that reveal alternative accounts in their permanent collections. In rearranging the images of the past, the artist changes how we see ourselves in the present. She has created site-specific solo projects for the Edward Hopper House Museum, the Vanderbilt Mansion Museum, the Everson Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Her work will be included in “Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value & Worth” at the Weatherspoon Art Museum; traveling to The Hood Art Museum and Hunter Art Museum. Her work has been written about by Ken Johnson of the NY Times; Claire Barliant of Artforum; Michelle White, Curator at the Menil Collection; Joyce Korotkin; Elizabeth Dunbar of the Everson Museum of Art; Sarah Cascone of Artnet; Tyler Greene of Modern Art Notes; and Kelly Baum of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Angela Fraleigh earned her MFA from Yale University School of Art and her BFA from Boston University.
Selected solo exhibitions include Hirschl and Adler Modern and PPOW Gallery in New York, Inman Gallery in Houston and Peters Projects in Santa Fe. Her work can be found in museum collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and 21c Museum and Hotels among others. She has been the recipient of several awards and residencies including the Yale University Alice Kimball English grant, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY, The CORE program in Houston, TX and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE among others.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
Study for a larger oil painting "I wake knowing that I will sing again if I promise to never look back". In this new series, Fraleigh draws parallels between art production and spellcraft, harnessing the magic of making the invisible, visible. Ecstatic Maenads gather amongst a frenzied tangle of medicinal herbs and serpents to raucously summon the powers of mythical female figures such as Artemis, Hecate and Medusa to aid in casting a spell. The work is part archaeological romp through representation, featuring goddesses in both their celebrated and reviled forms; and part reclamation, as it shifts the lens to reveal a more complex, diverse history. They are layered with magical signifiers and enchanted materials like crystals, moon water, and color magic. Each work is blessed and accompanied by a custom spell for written by a professional witch. The maenad serves as a symbolic abandonment of the confining roles and identities of femininity and as an embrace of the pleasure-seeking erratic, rebellious, unconcerned-with-popular-opinion kind of figure. In ancient sources, their transcendence gives them unparalleled strength and courage as well as a disregard for earthly consequences. Followers of Dionysus referred to as the “The Raving Ones”, were feared because of their wildness, and they became a considerable source of fright for those who would seek to contain them. The accompanying spell can be found at: https://www.angelafraleigh.com/blog-4-1/untitled-art-miami-the-raving-ones-h62sj
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