Review: Mothers and Daughters 

click to enlarge Lydia Burris, "Into Beyond"
  • Lydia Burris, "Into Beyond"

Lydia Burris has exhibited her work with her mother, Catherine, before, but this is the first such show including work by both artists since Catherine's death in February 2011.

The subject matter of both artists can seem quite dark at first glance. But there's a sense of humor in Catherine's work that tends to temper things, as in her assemblage, "Six Degrees of Separation," in which a mummified head has been cut open to reveal an egg-shaped brain studded with yellow baby faces.

In Lydia's work, the overarching concern seems to be the cyclical nature of life on earth. Her mixed-media "Metamorphaphobia" - which seems an attempt to come to terms with her fear of death, the ultimate metamorphosis - shows human remains nourishing a tree growing out of the soil. And the luminous mixed media painting "Into Beyond" shows a female subject looking into eternity with an unblinking fearlessness.

Mothers and Daughters, originally developed around the Burris paring, includes three other mother/daughter parings of work. In sync with its Mother's Day opening, the show includes written statements of mothers reflecting on their artist daughters, and vice versa. Through June 1 at Renaissance Fine Art and Design Gallery

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