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CARA DeANGELIS
"Still Life: Roadkill in the Domestic Space" 
Exhibition

October 6 - 30, 2014

RECEPTION FOR ARTIST:

Thursday, October 30, 2014
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Reception

Cara DeAngelis was born and raised in Connecticut. She is a recipient of the CT Office of the Arts Fellowship Grant for 2012, as well as the Barbara Deming/Money for Women Grant. She has had full fellowships at both the Vermont Studio Center and the Prairie Center of the Arts.  In 2010 she was awarded residency at the Terra Foundation in Giverny, France.  She is also a recipient of the Rudolph Zallinger Painting Award. In 2011, Cara graduated with her Master’s degree from the New York Academy of Art. She currently lives and works in CT and NY as artist and curator.

Artist Statement

The central theme in my work is the interplay between the Domestic and the Wild. This theme is embodied by my series on roadkill, which is presented through the rich and historically-loaded language of Still Life. The series began about four years ago, and the paintings have evolved to both emulate and satirize 17th century Hunting Still Lifes, using the roadkill in place of game animals. These works re-invent tropes used by the Flemish masters and give them a contemporary, political, and environmental perspective.

The inclusion of dolls and children’s toys in my roadkill paintings are used to symbolize nostalgia and the infantile. This creates a fascinating disparity between the two worlds, and also serves as a means of finding humor in tragedy through the inherent absurdity of the comparison. Similarly, other works in the series satirize aristocratic portraiture. In these paintings, the dead animals take the place of privileged lap-dogs on the knees of patricians.  These paintings also explore and question the role of wildlife in an increasingly industrialized society, and the place for them in what’s been now termed by some as a ‘Post-Natural Age’.

Exhibits and Receptions are free and open to the public.  For open University Art Gallery hours.

Cara DeAngelis - Woman - Still Life: Roadkill Exhibit
Woman with Roadkill III
Cara DeAngelis - Ascension IV - Still Life: Roadkill Exhibit
Ascension IV 

Cara DeAngelis - Donald Duck - Still Life: Roadkill ExhibitDonald Duck and Roadkill

 Above photos shown might not all be in this exhibit.

All gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.  For open gallery hours or call (989) 964-4159.  The University Art Gallery is located in the Arbury Fine Arts Center on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, svsu.edu/visit/campusmaps

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