Family Stories @ Ceres Gallery


Outside / In, 2015 and Woman Gourd, 2014-15, details of work in Fossilcrete and stoneware

November 3-28, 2015

Opening Reception November 5, 6-8pm

Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th Street, Suite 201
Ceres Gallery

“The problem lies not so much with the feminists’ concept of what femininity is, but rather with their misconception-shared with the public at large-of what art is: with the naïve idea that art is the direct, personal expression of individual emotional experience, a translation of personal life into visual terms.” … “The language of art is, more materially, embodied in paint and line on canvas or paper, in stone or clay or plastic or metal-it is neither a sob-story nor a confidential whisper.”
1971: WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS?Linda Nocklin, POSTED 05/30/15 4:00 PM Art News

But here are Family Stories introspective, narrative, personal stories told through image, word, and gesture. Is it great art? Maybe not, but it speaks to this artist. By manipulating the stories into visuals, details change; stories grow stronger and more true.

Some sculptures here are bodies with words, some are ‘pages,’ some are simply figures. Brody’s first book in 1997 told the stories of her generations in a familiar book-like sculpture. She continues to combine figures and words illuminating relationships just as she combines figures in gestural illustrations of relationships.


Donna Barkman and Mara Mills rehearsing

Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 14 at 3:00pm
Hand-Me-Downs: Scenes from a Life, with a Little Help from Antigone and Mother Goose
Mara Mills, director, and Donna Barkman, writer/actor
“Barkman portrays a natural-born rebel, who recalls her playful beginnings and proceeds to dramatize the constrictive gender roles and motherhood prescriptions that caused her (and Antigone) to search for a happiness that may always elude them. One of Brody’s sculptures participates in the play.

Hand-Me-Downs is free but reservations are suggested. 212-947-6100

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