Project 17: Ritual Geography
April 7 – May 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday April 15 | 6-8 pm
Artist and Curator Talk: Saturday April 29 | TBA
First Friday Trolley Hop: Friday April 7 and Friday May 5, 2017


Zephyr Gallery is pleased to present PROJECT 17: Ritual Geography. Curated by Eileen Yanoviak, PROJECT 17 features the art of Mary Carothers, Sarah McCartt-Jackson, Adrienne Miller and Joyce Ogden.

Focusing on the ways humans have defined and constructed the landscape, Ritual Geography features the work of all female artists who employ the land and sea as medium and subject in their creative process.  While their methods and materials vary, each artist reflects on the ways rituals and histories have shaped our past and present environments.

For PROJECT 17, artist Mary Carothers is constructing an installation inspired by her travels to the Outer Hebrides Islands, where she traced the migratory path of a female ancestor. The resulting installation, titled “A Place Between” pays tribute to Carothers’ ancestor and to all immigrant migration journeys.

Sarah McCartt-Jackson’s recent work focuses on the unheard voices of women who experience abuse. Her visualized poems become maps of psychological spaces, and she invites people to “participate in the geography of grammar, the mapping of our language, and, simultaneously, to experience the point at which these linguistic systems become shared human expression.”

Adrienne Miller’s drawings focus on the ability of landscape and abstract spaces to express human emotion. Using familiar domestic details, she references our private environments, and examines how we process the world around us.

In contrast to Miller’s interior spaces, Joyce Ogden deals more directly with the very substance of the land. Highlighting the human rituals of land cultivation,  her work honors the landscape and fertility of nature.

“The work in this exhibition is particularly poignant at this moment in American history,” says curator Eileen Yanoviak  in her narrative for the exhibition. “Women have historically had so little agency in shaping the land—from owning land, to governing its use, to deciding their location upon it—that the exhibition acts as a corrective measure. As artists, these women own their environments. Through the physical world, they create spaces, cultivate land, traverse boundaries, overcome oppression, and deploy the symbolic power of nature.”