Secret Gardens seeks to revel in the beauty and wonder of botany, but also explore how botanical imagery can symbolize ideas, attributes, morality lessons and more. We think of sexuality, fertility and feminine power when looking at O’Keefe’s flower paintings; conversely, of death, vice and virtue in Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. In literature, the garden motif is often used. Gardens are places representing wonder and innocence (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) that can quickly turn to a place of sorrow with a single misstep (Garden of Eden). They are places where secrets are buried and forbidden romantic liaisons take place. They are sources of nourishment—both literal and figurative—where life can end and, yet, rejuvenation begins (The Secret Garden).
Nave Gallery (Teele Square), 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA
Saturday, May 19, 2018; 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Friday, May 4, 2018 – Sunday, June 17, 2018
Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Special hours during Somerville Open Studios:
Friday, May 4: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday, May 5: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Sunday, May 6: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Tori Costa is a longtime Nave Gallery volunteer and serves on the board of the Somerville Arts Council. She has curated Bite: Food as Art, Branded: Art of the Beer Label, The Knit Art House in Crochetville, and Threads Bared. She also coordinates Wrap Around, the gallery’s annual fundraiser for the Somerville Homeless Coalition.