Wagging Your Tale

A woman is the large version of a little girl. We know that. Is a female child the miniature version of an adult? Television show Toddlers and Tiaras would lead you to think so, but unless you’re talking Benjamin Button (and it’s okay if everyone stops doing that), it doesn’t work that way. At tonight’s opening reception for Deborah Oropallo’s solo show “Tale Spin,” she investigates the way females are indoctrinated by fairy tales and fashion to tread fearfully the landscape of femalia. Many storybook narratives for the juvenile xx set are characterized by fear and intimidation meant to steer girls toward being good. Are all women fabulous as a result? You decide. Allow Miz Oropallo to help you via her mix of collage, painting, and printmaking. The images initially have a girlish, sexy blur to them, which reveals a deeper complexity and perversity upon closer observation. If a young lady can be bullied into greatness, we should all wish for Joan Crawford to be our mother. Then we may all grow into the big little girls of our dreams.

The opening reception for “Tale Spin” starts at 6 p.m.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: March 3. Continues through April 30, 2011

 
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