Sofiya Inger: Disorderly Gardens 

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In Sofiya Inger's hanging wall sculpture "It's all in your head," a sprout shoots up from a disembodied head sculpture and the sprout itself contains more disembodied heads. It's a dark vision from an artist who carries the awareness, in her work, that every living thing on earth eventually becomes food for worms. The process of birth itself, in "Bearing Fruit" (acrylic on fabric), is depicted as being as disorderly as nature itself. Here you see a pear cut open so that it resembles a vagina. Inside you see seedlike human faces while in the acrylic on fabric painting "Invasion (Trumpets)," you see multicolored trumpet flowers invading a garden like a rampaging army. Befittingly, Inger's palette is often very dark. Brighter colors occasionally burst through like stray beams of sunlight onto the mixed media work of this Indy-based, Russian-born artist, but it's the darker-toned (and themed) work that you'll probably remember the most. Through Nov. 15;, 317-255-2464.

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