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Elizabeth Rosenblum

Gallery Naga

Elizabeth Rosenblum’s recent paintings bear witness to the increasingly complex conceptual and esthetic concerns of an artist coming to terms with manic depression. Entitled “Phobias, Manias and other Aberrations,” this show featured nineteen 18-by-l8-inch collage paintings that examine clinical terms as defined in a 1953 medical text, Encyclopedia of Aberrations. Also included is Mad Rant, 1992, an oversized image of Sally Field as the Flying Nun overlaid with such phrases as “Boil me,” “Barbed Wire,” and “Make it Stop,” which represent the soaring highs and severe lows of manic depression. The smaller paintings, each dominated at the bottom by the phrase “anxiety aroused,” more subtly explore the chasm that exists between the impersonal and degrading technical language of psychiatric medicine and the reality of living with mental illness. Rosenblum further satirizes the disjunction

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