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Review: Viktoria Sorochinski at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 26, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Anna & Eve

Exhibition Dates:
January 6 - February 25, 2012

Artists' Reception:
Friday, January 6
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Gallery talk with the artist:
Saturday, January 7

Sweet and strange, enchanting and curious is the work of Viktoria Srochinski. Anna & Eve possesses qualities reminiscent of mythology, legend, or fairytales. There is something known and something unknown about the work, as if the stories were familiar but not the moment. This sense of familiarity works to spark connections to personal history and memory; we find we can relate to the work in layers.

The Ukrainian born artist now lives in Brooklyn but spent time in Montreal where she met her mother-daughter subjects. Begun in 2005,Anna & Eve has been an ongoing examination of the relationship between mother and child. Roles often shift even reverse. In Shared Truth and Paths the mother is a confidant and watchful matron, in Reflection and Attachment protector, and Enchanting Wisdom doting. In Learning a Lesson the child is bold and powerful, like a cat waiting to pounce. In Temptation the child tries to entice her seemingly detached mother, and Switching Places is just that- a complete role reversal with the daughter seeming sweet and comforting as she looms over her mother's naked frame. The series does well to expose the gamut of realities and relationship shifts. Reversals are balanced by moments of shared exploration, comradery, unity, and at times detachment or disinterest in each other. These sentiments are the root of Sorochinski's work which reveals as much as it questions about who learns from whom, who is "in charge," and where the "essence of being a human" comes from. Like so much in life parenting too is give and take.

NewCity Review

For more on the artist, exhibition, and related events, please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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