Amanda Ross-Ho

Pomona College Museum of Art

At the heart of Amanda Ross-Ho’s recent installation at Pomona College Museum of Art, the Los Angeles–based artist’s first solo museum exhibition, was a giant fiberglass candy dish in the form of a smiling, wide-eyed ghost—the kind of novelty home decor one might expect to find on the shelves of Target in late October but here inflated to larger-than-life proportions. In its deliberate physicality and human scale, the sculpture, titled Great Grandparent (all works 2010), seemed a compulsory symbol through which to understand this show in its entirety—that is, as suspended between presence and absence. Just as a ghost is a transmuted body—a vestige of its former self—many of the works here were likewise metamorphosed from preexisting figures.

Take, for example, the exhibition’s title: “The Cheshire Cat Principle” is appropriated from the name of an abstruse theory in quantum physics that

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