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Art Show: Fractured Fairy Tales

Prospectus and Entry Instructions

Exhibit Entries accepted from 10/16/2002 to 11/30/2002.

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Disney has done horrid things to the traditional art of the fairytale--given them happy endings where the bad guy gets his and our heroes live happily ever after. Once meant as cautionary tales, the modern take on fairy tales has been neutered and anesthetized.

"Fractured Fairytales" seeks to play with the idea of what the fairytale was, and what it has become. Whether your take is silly, gothic, or a play on the modern allegory, artists should present their version of real (or imagined) fairytales.

This show is open to all members of EBSQ+.

Submissions are welcome in any medium, and need not be auctioned on ebay to participate. Entries should include a jpeg of your work (or works), size, title, medium, ground, and a brief explanation about the piece which will be included as part of the online exhibit.

This is a Juried Show

Juror: Lauren K. Blair

Juror's Statement

A woman in a traditional fairy tale find happiness when she meets and marries the man of her dreams. You'll notice that as each fairytale unfolds, the female protagonist participates in the action, but when she snags the man, she simultaneously loses her ability to act. The perfect man, after all, has the money, has the house, has the servants - when the heroine partners with the prince, she becomes irrelevant! What's left for her but to bear an heir to the royal throne and be sequestered in a belfry somewhere?!

The three works I responded most strongly in this exhibit to took this notion, so prevalent in the western canon of romance, and turned it on its head. Little Red Riding Hood kicks the wolf's ass and understands that she can tackle anything that comes her way. The frog princess realizes that a frog is just a frog and chides herself for being so naive. And Snow White is a self-empowered artist-in-the-nude! She has dreams of self-sufficiency and is totally consumed by her artistic passions.

While the works in this exhibit are all well executed, I found these three to be most aligned with the prospectus for the exhibit. Thank you for the opportunity to participate!

Lauren Blair

About the Juror

Lauren Blair has been involved with visual arts since she was a young lass. She has studied fine art at Carnegie Mellon & SUNY Purchase, and has also particpated in regional summer stock theatre and the local Pittsburgh music scene.

Lauren lives in Pittsburgh, is currently employed by Carngie Mellon University where she attends grad school, and she is independedntly raising her 18 month-old son, Ian. In her abundant spare time, she assists local non-profits with marketing and public relations and also dabbles in decorative crafts.

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