Snow White and the Seven Sins
Oct 25 - Nov 24, 2007
Press release for exhibition Snow White and the Seven Sins
P·P·O·W is pleased to announce Snow White and the Seven Sins, our fifth exhibition of hand painted terracotta sculptures by Judy Fox. This installation propels her figuration into a new realm of provocative imagery.
A dramatic tableau plays upon the classic Grimm's fairy tale, and upon its more familiar Disney rendition. A supine figure of a beautiful nude adolescent girl is surrounded by seven animated surrealist objects. Snow White's beauty is pure, her womanhood newborn: skin like snow, lips like blood, hair like ebony. Here she lies in state, as in the glass coffin after her mother has poisoned her. She is unconscious, waiting to be revived by the kiss of her prince.
Nasty, visceral, repulsive, but captivating, the "dwarfs" present an intense contrast to the lovely innocent. Character oozes from these headless creatures through lively gestures and tactile forms that evoke all too familiar sensations and urges. Each embodies one of the seven deadly sins.
Judy Fox is known for her exquisitely rendered children that are at once iconic, psychological and subversive. In installation, arrays of mythic types suggest contemporary sociological issues. At the same time, the sensual rendering of the poised figures enforces an emotional confrontation with vulnerable individuals, naked and exposed.
Snow White and the Seven Sinsis a bold dive further into the human mental theatre. The scene combines the violence and dreaminess of the medieval tale with the playful animation of the cartoon. The dwarfs' graphic anatomical display suggests the life surging beneath the frozen shell they attend. Amidst the tangled hopes and fears of expiring childhood, emerges the strange connection between romance and physiology, longing heart and pulsing primordial flesh