a divine offering of feminine courage, love and forgiveness
featuring the artwork of Anne Marie Delaunay-Danizio,
Loren Doucette and Barbara Trachtenberg
December 5 - December 31, 2021
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The story of Scheherazade is an ancient one that is most often romanticized with images of faraway lands, swashbuckling tales, and an epic musical score by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. honeyjones’ exhibition Vox Scheherazade is a tribute to the legendary young woman herself: not the tales, not the culture, not even the music, lest she be obscured by rose-colored lenses. Our heroine Scheherazade is a young woman who subverts her own death at the hands of a murderous king by regaling him with irresistible tales.
This is a deep and emotionally strong show thematically and artistically. During this month of December, our gallery will be lit within, beckoning you to bear witness and consider compelling images in keeping with the story of our namesake: a young woman in peril who, through sheer force of will, guile, and wit, is able to save her own life and the lives of many women who would have perished after her..a young heroine who offered herself as wife to a king who had sworn to bed a virgin each night and then have her killed in the morning, his sworn revenge upon discovering, and failing to recover from, his first Queen’s betrayal.
It is Scheherazade’s graceful prowess as a storyteller under pressure that saves lives and souls. The story is more than a legend. Rimsky-Korsakov’s piercingly beautiful musical score is the oft-associated ambience for this dramatic scenario in which the symbolic power of Scheherazade is personified in the voice of the violin. The true power lies within Scheherazade’s own voice, her breath, her desire to live and need to survive.
The three artists of this group showing, Anne-Marie Delaunay-Danizio, Loren Doucette, and Barbara Trachtenberg, are displaying artwork that is representative of their own visions and compelling truths, while also paying evocative homage to the infinitely vast, oft-maligned and spectacular journey of womanhood.
In each of these modern-day incarnations the viewer is potentially drawn in by Anne-Marie's corporal, fleshy abstractions in pinks and blue-greens, which seem to expose a woman's inner physical self; as if stepping out completely of bodies, turning inside out, twisting and contorting limbs, and connective tissues... compelled to face Barbara's singular figurative forms which are more than suggestive of real emotional depth, feminist power and reverence for storytelling....and enlivened by Loren's diverse and rich representation of artwork - sacred celebrations of a woman's inner energy and relationship to the world, individual and shared female identity and the power of metamorphosis.
All three artists offer narratives at varying stages of girl and womanhood, through fears, trials and self-discovery.
Thank you for reading this. I hope many of you will remember the original story of Scheherazade and consider the many parallel and metaphoric relationships to our modern day world and your own lives the artwork in this exhibition hopefully offers. That is my mission.
the tales, fear, dialogue and the bid for life
a modern presence, a voice throughout time
Anne-Marie Delaunay-Danizio was born and grew up in Paris, France.
She earned a Bachelor degree in English from Emmanuel College in 1989. In 1993 she obtained a Masters degree in Art History from the Department of Continuing Education at Harvard University. She returned to Harvard University Extension School and obtained a second Masters degree in Museum Studies in 2015.
As a self-taught artist, Ms. Delaunay-Danizio enrolled in a MFA program at NHIA, now The Institute of Art and Design at New England College, in January of 2018. Her process during the two-year program led her to return to her initial love of painting. In her 2020 MFA thesis titled Eve’s Clitoris, she identified as an abstract expressionist painter with a queer/feminist twist, although her work keeps evolving towards smaller, intimate abstract paintings and textile sculptures.
She currently lives in Waltham, MA with her two adult children and her husband.
To learn more about Anne-Marie's work:
Anne-Marie's artwork is also on display at The Roasted Granola in Arlington, MA through the end of December and is the featured artist in the current issue of Arts Arlington newsletter
Loren Doucette lives and works in Gloucester, MA. Loren’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions on the North Shore regularly since 2006. She received a BFA in Drawing and Painting in Spring 2013 from Montserrat College of Art where she graduated with Honors with a special focus in figure drawing and landscape painting. Since 2013, she has extended her breadth as an artist and works in many styles pursuing a balance between abstraction and realism- observation and imagination. Her work entails emotional and spiritual figurative works, large floral paintings, and local scenes of Gloucester’s marshes and fishing docks using predominantly Acrylic, Pastel and Watercolor. She has shared her vision for over 20 years teaching at various places including Montserrat College of Art and the Peabody Essex Museum. Recently, she started an Art Mentoring Program helping creatives achieve their goals.
Her work can be viewed at her studio by appointment:
Loren Doucette Studio Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930 (978)-879-6588
Barbara Trachtenberg is a self-taught painter who also makes collages and assemblages. "I love color. Process is key to my relationship with a work—I sweep strokes, connect disparate elements, adding viscosity, impasto, texture, shape and color. Revising old work, playing with accidental composition, I work messy—tearing, painting without gloves, using what’s at hand. Transience, impermanence, decay and joy, disorder and letting go are embedded in the piece. I’m spontaneous, emotional, sensory. I use strong colors and old broken things, and if figures emerge, I dialogue with aspects of myself—listening, sniffing, watching. Working with bold strokes, automatic gestures and texture, found, used, worn items, refuse from the process itself are my physical relationship with my work."
MARIAN ANDERSON AND THE D.A.R.
Marian Anderson—our operatic family’s heroine—has stayed with me since I was a child in bed with measles. Among the usual armful of library books my brought me was a child’s biography of Marian Anderson. It told me about the 1939 historical event moment when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to allow Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Thankfully, the Roosevelts—Eleanor and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, arranged for Anderson to perform at an open-air concert to 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions, on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the Lincoln Memorial steps in the capital.