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Four Women Dazzle in “Staring at the Sun” at Saltworks

Jane Fox Hipple and Bonnie Maygarden each riff on the well-curated similarities among the exhibition’s works. Hipple’s mixed-media constructions aesthetically anchor the show’s other works with candid presentations of raw materials. The rawness and matter-of-fact messiness of Hipple’s work tracks well alongside Maygarden’s trompe l’oeil method, which in high fidelity mimics the look of a photograph or a still from a digital image manipulation. Maygarden’s images are derived by spraying folded canvas from different angles. Paint behaves like light, bathing exposed areas with pigment. Shrewd bravado balances with Hipple’s brute fact.


Eric Hancock