Angles Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition of sculpture by Micaela Amateau Amato, Exiles & Nomads. The exhibition will be on view in Gallery 1 from September 11th, through October 23rd. A public reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 18th from 6 to 8 PM.
Exiles & Nomads combines glazed ceramic and cast glass figures that symbolize people across the globe who have suffered the brutalities of war and tribal ethnic cleansing. Dismembered and outcast, these figures divulge a hybrid of racial and ethnic physiognomies: Sumerian statuary, Egyptian funerary portraits, Mexican santos, Indonesian shadow puppets, beaded Cameroon figures, Ashanti gold weights, and Japanese Butoh performers. The combined gender traits of Amato's figures further the ethnic ambiguity, as each figure appears to be both male and female. Torn from their roots, Amato's exiles and nomads become spectacles of their own invisibility.
Exiles & Nomads attempts to merge myth and history with memory as an act of repairing what has been damaged, broken, lost. Witnessing history is in itself an act of repair where both horror and even humor can emerge as strategies for making sense of the 'unspeakable.' For the exile and the nomad, "home" becomes a fertile space within the imagination--a kind of paradise nourished by memory. In the absence of memory, there is no hope for a plausible future. Crossing many geographical and cultural terrains, the exile learns to survive in the interstices of society, existing within the narratives of collective memories and imaginations. Truth is recognized as contingent and layered, and reality is in a continuous state of becoming. Uncertainty and paradox become opportunities to negotiate not only a present, but even a future where possibilities for reconciliation and spiritual and physical healing seem boundless.
Micaela Amato's work has been collected by and exhibited at venues including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, London, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale, NY, Brandeis University Rose Art Museum, Boston, the Museum of Art and Design, New York, Museo Contemporaneo de Arte y Desegno, San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Staatliche Kunstalle, Karlsruhe, Germany. Amato received an MFA from the University of Colorado and is Professor of Visual Arts and Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University.