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Bonnie Biggs

Helen Schlien Gallery

Bonnie Biggs dives headlong into that transformational sea of conflicting desires and free-floating expectations that threatens to engulf women in their mid thirties. She creates a literal but germane feminine metaphor for what is, in fact, a generic predicament. Biggs’ personal heroine contemplates surfacing from the confined coziness of a womblike underwater world; smothered yet embraced by the tutelary prison of the past, she considers the rigors of an uncertain future, which she may still avoid through inaction. Liberation or disaster? This perplexity engages the viewer in a female dilemma encompassing a common human quandary. Courage is the only antidote to internal paralysis, which may be culturally induced but which ultimately reflects a universal fear of change, of what we do not know.

In the four-part, life-sized “Allegorical Container Series,” 1983, Biggs sandblasts an image of

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