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Erika Cleveland at WAS Gallery

January 26 - March 2

There, There: Healing Dolls as Solace in an Off Kilter World by Erika Cleveland

Artist Erika Cleveland uses the term “doll” in her work because she believes there is something unique about the word doll- humble, simple and yet powerful. Dolls have been around since the beginnings of humankind. They hold considerable power for us; they are our companions and they reflect us back to ourselves. Dolls can heal us physically, spiritually and emotionally.

In this solo show at WAS gallery, Cleveland explores various themes through mythology, folk tales, religion, spirituality and her personal dream symbolism. A central theme is the power within the female body, including the way this power is deeply rooted in nature. Darker themes such as loss, sadness and fear alternate with the playfulness of fauns, forest creatures and elves. The dolls express the dualities of life in the way they shape-shift and transform, for example through the medium of the folk art form called flip dolls. Like votives, amulets or talismen throughout history, dolls provide a focal point for healing and meditation.

Hours: Saturdays 2-6pm and by appointment

Image: Erika Cleveland, “Facing Fears”, flip doll, one of two sides. Sculptural needle felted, soft sculpture and mixed media. 42 x 17 x 8 in.


January 26
March 2
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WAS Gallery
5110 Ridgefield Road, Suite 208
Bethesda, MD 20816 United States