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Celebrating Light and Shadow and Otherness

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"Celebrating Light and Shadow and Otherness" - a solo exhibition hosted @ DVAA in Gallery 1 (downstairs)

Artwork in the media of photography and mixed media sculpture by DVAA member Uta Fellechner

October 17th - 28th 
Artist Reception: Sunday, October 21st from 3-5pm

This exhibition is supported in part by the Joseph Robert Foundation.

"Celebrating Light and Shadow and Otherness" is an exhibition of three series of experimental photographic portraits, as well as a series of sculptures. In much of Fellechner’s work, there is an undercurrent of otherness with metaphors investigating time, mutability, light, darkness, and existentialism. An evolving series of existential self-portraits - which are experimental self-investigations, not selfies - is both balanced and fed by a group of photographs which celebrate political resistance. The third photographic series honors the brave survival - and difficult, unsheltered life - of the artist’s immigrant mother, who lived with late stage dementia. The artist is deeply influenced by her own life experiences, and as the poet Adrienne Rich has said in The Dream of a Common Language, “My heart is moved by all I cannot save. So much has been destroyed.” In the words of Fellechner, “the fragile beauty of life in all its human and non-human forms haunts me, but so does the human potential for corruption, injustice, and violence.”
Fellechner was a child refugee - born in an air raid, she became a teenage immigrant – a wanderer in strange lands. In the words of the artist, “for me, the Nazi holocaust in the land of my birth and the terrors of America’s history loom large in my consciousness. The following words by the poet Nelly Sachs resonate with me: ‘I hold instead of a homeland the transformations of the world.’ I know there will be no future unless we change our lives.” 
Fellechner looks to art for stark, spiritual truth – not decorative beauty. The early self-portrait The Medusa and I holds a key to how she works. Fellechner says “I think of the snake-headed Medusa from Greek mythology as a maligned feminist protector of life and an agent of change. Sometimes I refer to my work as ‘meta-ethical images of survival.’”


ABOUT DVAA:
MISSION: Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) provides artists with a community that fosters artistic expression and growth through our exhibitions and programs.

VISION: DVAA is a supportive community of artists and creatives focused on capturing the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. A luminary artist, scientist, architect, engineer, musician and humanitarian, Da Vinci’s curiosity inspires creativity, innovation and collaboration among our membership. Like Leonardo, we ask big questions, ponder complex ideas, experiment with form and create new ways of engaging with and sharing our art. 

DVAA thanks our 2018 exhibition sponsors DeFino Law Associates and Seed&Space!
- This exhibition is supported in part by the Joseph Robert Foundation.

Earlier Event: October 20
Event: GROUNDWORK I
Later Event: October 25
Philadelphia Sculptors Present