This November, 323East Gallery will once again host Glass, Cinder & Thorns. The all-women, fairy-tale inspired group exhibition features over 20 new pieces from some of today's best female artists curated by April Segedi.
"Dignity of Kings looks at the males of Grimm’s Fairy Tales sibling archetype, with particular interest in the story Brother and Sister. The animalistic and instinctual brother who ignores his sister’s pleas and is transformed into a deer after drinking from an enchanted stream is only one of many tales that explore these archetypes, many of which the brothers are returned to their human forms and go on to rule their kingdoms. The literal transformations into beasts they closely resemble at heart, the labor of love from their sisters, and fates that would await them in a world without “happy endings” is only part of the tale siblings encounter." - Erica Williams
"As children, our parents often read us bedtime stories of Little Mermaids, Sleeping Beauties, and Little Red Riding Hoods. However, these seemingly innocent stories often had evil lurking within their pages. The more we age, the more we realize how wonderful being an innocent child can sometimes be as we lose ourselves in fantasies of white horses, magic, and dazzling princesses. What Disney failed to mention is that the mermaid dies, multiple suitors defiled Sleeping Beauty, and the wolf ate grandma. Horrible things happen everyday and we all sometimes wish for a place and time where life is simpler and better. We find ourselves yearning for the warmth of our childhood beds, the calming voice of our parents, and the journey back to that enchanted world. Yet we must remember that even in fairylands of beauty and glitter, evil things creep about in false glamours. It may be the evil witch living in the gingerbread house or a beautiful sea nymph singing you into your watery grave." - April Segedi
This RUN comes signed by the artist along with an Original Artwork Letter of Provenance from 323East Gallery and 1xRUN.
Erica Williams is an artist who lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. She is known for her attention to detail, macabre tendencies, and subtle romanticism with nature and lore. Being mostly self-taught she strives to incorporate elements of fine art and design into her illustrations. Most often she is influenced by art nouveau, traditional printing methods, street art, and typography.