Waltham

Clare Rojas

Rose Art Museum

As is her custom, Clare Rojas donned a mammoth wig and performed homespun country tunes as her alter ego Peggy Honeywell at the recent opening of her latest project, a site-related installation incorporating a quiltlike arrangement of large painted plywood panels alongside more conventional painting, sculpture, and video. In Rojas’s music and visual work alike, duality, the pain and bliss of love, and the complexity of women, men, and nature are common threads.

On the rear wall that served as the backdrop for Honeywell’s performance, a flatly rendered young female giant with flowing black hair and wearing a long flowered dress is shown presenting a miniature horse to a diminutive older woman gliding toward her on the back of a swan. The initials P. H. have been painted between horizontal bands on the elegant bird’s neck, and the woman between its wings bears an offering of diamondlike

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