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Elaine Reichek, Desire/Dread/Despair, 2012, embroidery on linen, 26 1/4 × 26 3/4 × 1 1/4".

Elaine Reichek

Shoshana Wayne Gallery

Elaine Reichek, Desire/Dread/Despair, 2012, embroidery on linen, 26 1/4 × 26 3/4 × 1 1/4".

Over the past forty years, Elaine Reichek has employed handworked and digitally stitched embroidery alongside photographic and printmaking techniques to comment upon the endless process of interpretation and the ways in which myths (both ancient and contemporary) shift, overlap, and intersect. Titled “Minoan Girls,” her recent exhibition was a complex pastiche of literary and art-historical citations. Reichek ruminated on the dark fates of the two daughters of Minos, King of Crete, splicing classical Greek myths and pairing the sisters with symbolic iconography. She deployed the motif of the maze for Ariadne, the guardian of Crete’s labyrinth, and a bull for Phaedra, wife of the Athenian warrior Theseus. In Euripides’s tragedy, Phaedra hangs herself in despair after Aphrodite causes her to become infatuated with Hippolytus, Theseus’s son, who is subsequently banished and finally

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