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  Marietta Ganapin
March 22 - April 21, 2007
 

Marietta Ganapin is an avid museum and gallery visitor, and her relationship to specific works of art is highly personal and reverential. Her creative method is an expression of her spiritual connection to artwork that she loves. After having viewed the work of art--whether a painting, a sculpture, or decorative object--many times, she then gathers scores or even hundreds of gift-shop postcards or museum brochures which reproduce it. Using a hand-held hole punch and scissors, Ganapin creates a palette of color, pattern and form by repeatedly cutting specific areas of the reproduced image. These hole punches and cut-outs are then used as the building blocks of her designs. With great care and attention to detail, the artist transforms these elements into intricately detailed mandalas. At first, the viewer is dazzled by the obsessive and precise execution in these colorful and beautiful works. Slowly, recognizable details from the source material reveal themselves: a shank of hair in Roy Lichtenstein's Stepping Out reads as a yellow arabesque in the concentric composition; the eyes and lips of a statuette of the Egyptian god Amun become a ring of dimensional, abstracted forms within the inner rings of the mandala structure. Yet the resultant artworks transcend mere appropriation. Ganapin's labor-intensive execution and reverence toward her subject parallels the devotional activity of a Buddhist monk creating a sand mandala. As Ganapin has noted, "A symbol of healing, wholeness, totality and spirituality, the mandala inspires contemplation and meditation. For me, what more fitting framework than that of the mandala in reinterpreting other works of art."
 
 
Untitled (Eugene Andolsek's Untitled), 2006
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11 x 11 inches

Untitled (Minnie Evans's Three Faces in Lush Landscape), 2003
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9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Untitled (Sergei Isupov's Rustle), 2003
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9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
 
Untitled (Paul Henry Ramirez's Space Addiction), 2003
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9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Untitled (John James Audubon's Great Egret), 2006
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9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Untitled (Philip Guston's In The Studio), 2003
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9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
 
Untitled (Jim Hart's Woman in the Moon), 2005
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11 x 11 inches

Untitled (Jesse Monongya's Universe within the Bear), 2005
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11 x 11 inches

Untitled (Marc Chagall's Music), 2004
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11 x 11 inches
 
Untitled (Elizabeth Murray's Wishing for the Farm), 2006
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11 x 11 inches

Untitled (Statuette of Egyptian God Amun), 2004
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11 x 11 inches

Untitled (Sergei Isupov's Rustle), 2003
Cut paper
11 x 11 inches
 
Untitled (Yoruba headdress), 2004
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11 x 11 inches

Untitled (Roy Lichenstein's Stepping Out), 2006
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11 x 11 inches

Untitled (Vincent Van Gogh's Self-portraits), 2006
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11 x 11 inches
 
Untitled (Paul Cezanne's The Bather), 2006
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11 x 11 inches

Untitled (Adolph Gottlieb's Mariner's Incantation), 2003
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11 x 11 inches

Untitled (Minnie Evans's Three Faces in Lush Landscape), 2004
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11 x 11 inches
 
Untitled (Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon), 2006
Cut paper
11 x 11 inches
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