VISUAL ARTS + MUSEUMS
Circo de Almas
October 30, 2011
Female tattooers Sheri Matlack and Rachel Merritt bring their traditional art to the gallery, complete with circus banners and luchador-style masks.
The 10 banners in Matlack's collection contain metaphorical images representing the aspirations and inevitable tragedies of human existence. After working as a tattoo artist for over 20 years, seeing these themes played out time and time again and recognizing the symbolism and metaphor of body art, Matlack is compelled to express her own world view based on the stories told to her by the thousands who have asked her to draw what is in their souls on their skin. She chooses the old time sideshow banner as her canvas for it's naive and direct style and the Spanish language drawing from it's connections to her personal history. Life, as the circus, is exotic, uncertain, and transitory.
Rachel Merrit finds herself influenced by her outlook on global issues and popular trends, also working from her intimate experiences behind the tattoo machine. Taking her knowledge of the negative aspects of the world, Merrit finds that some people find it easier to simply accept the bland automaton that is the daily grind, which she sees as unacceptable. Since the age of 18, her intolerant attitude towards the mundane has managed to explode into a flurry of ink, blood, and color in the form of tattoos, mixed media paintings, and crafts.
The show opens Sunday October 30th, will be up for one month, closing on November 30th. We hope to see you at the opening to join in on the festivities.