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Sharon Kopriva

Graham Gallery

Sharon Kopriva’s visceral, frequently macabre paintings and sculptures provoke strong reactions—or, at the least, discomfort. With their grim symbolism, fragile identity, and illusory authenticity, the sculptures in particular press their excessive materiality rather insistently against our perceptual consciousness. Are these sometimes Christian, more often pagan, reliclike forms referring to archaeological artifacts, or are they signaling pure effect?

Death is the constant factor in Kopriva’s work. It is confronted as a question of the phenomenology and transcendence of the spirit. Kopriva treats death as a primordial condition that takes place under the sign of the known and the unknown. On close inspection, the sculpture willingly reveals its artifice—the transformation of various animal, vegetable, and manufactured materials (bones, teeth, bird wings, antlers, fur, cloth, clay,

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