Juror Katy Scarlett, a Philadelphia-based independent curator, selected 24 artworks by 12 local, national and international artists.

The participating artists are:

Scarlett was interested in how artists’ processes of artmaking becomes a ritual practice in itself.

“While some artists maintain a traditional interpretation of ‘ritual’ as associated with religion, spirituality, or cultural heritage, others approach the act of making itself in a highly ritualistic manner,” she said. “These works of art serve as both documentation of specific periods of time and evidence of ritual, in which the expression of the artists is deeply felt through the use of gesture and repetition.”

Artists approached the concept of ritual from many different angles. For example, Megan Hildebrandt’s April and May illustrates the of colors and times of the sunset every day during those two months. Sarah Hull’s Osinato installation series uses traditional embroidery techniques to depict the rhythm and symmetry of stitch and form. Paula Brett’s Full/Fill photography series comments on shopping and consumerism through meticulously arranged shopping carts in a mandala formation, referencing to the Buddhist ritual tradition.

In the Martilinear inkjet print series, Elizabeth M. Claffey documents antique women’s undergarments referencing the passage of time and embodying the personal, familial, and cultural identity that are attached to the clothing. Savannah Loebig’s Untitled takes the theme in its rawest form, depicting three “bloodied” tampons encased in borax crystals, referencing the oldest and most innate of human rituals, the process of menstruation.

Ritualisms runs Saturday, January 19, through Sunday, March 3, 2019. The public reception will be Friday, February 8th, 7 – 10 pm, with a Gallery Talk featuring artist comments at 8 pm. Target Gallery is open daily from 10 – 6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays.

About the Juror
Katy Scarlett is an Adjunct Professor of Art History and an independent curator based in Philadelphia, PA. She is interested in how contemporary artists dissect the construction of history and create awareness around historical omission. Katy has worked in accessibility, education, and public programming at several non-profit institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Delaware Contemporary. She earned her MA in Art History from Hunter College, City University of New York.

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