Rosana Schoijett, Untitled, 2010, collage, 10 5/8 x 7 5/8".

Rosana Schoijett

Zavaleta Lab Arte Contemporáneo

Rosana Schoijett, Untitled, 2010, collage, 10 5/8 x 7 5/8".

In 1904, as Virginia Woolf lay in bed suffering from a nervous breakdown, she reported hearing birds singing in Greek. Later, the birds in her novel The Waves would play a striking role paralleling the developing consciousness of the characters. A similar metaphorical parallelism between birds and the human psyche permeates Rosana Schoijett’s splendid collages.

Schoijett creates images that trip over themselves with narratives that at times even contradict one another the way only collage can: In Untitled (all works 2010), the coy mistress of Vermeer’s painting The Girl with a Wineglass, circa 1659–60, has been turned into a harpy—or is it a dove? In another collage (also Untitled) a woman, her head hidden by heavy, suffocating cloth, plays a virginal with feathery hands. The image, from Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, circa 1670, is rich with associations; she

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