RECEPTION & DIALOGUE  I  Friday, March 8, 6 – 8 PM
IN DIALOGUE | 6 – 6:30 PM
Reginald M. Browne, Board Chair of Creative Capital & Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Jackie Milad.
Pentimenti Gallery is delighted to present Jackie Milad’s inaugural solo exhibition at the gallery, Undoing the Knotted Parts. This exhibition is included in (re)FOCUS 2024, a Philadelphia citywide program that celebrates women artists. The festival commemorates the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts/1974.

The exhibition’s title, Undoing the Knotted Parts, alludes to the 19th-century practice, where British aristocrats and scholars hosted “mummy unrolling parties,” inviting large audiences to witness the unraveling of the bandages from deceased ancient Egyptians.

Through her canvases and works on paper, Jackie invites viewers into a world where myth, history, and materiality converge. Drawing inspiration from her rich Egyptian and Honduran heritage Jackie’s works weaves past and contemporary elements. She mostly concentrates on her deep fascination with ancient imagery from two distinct regions. Within her works, symbols representing the cyclical nature of life and death merge onto a single plane, creating a compelling narrative that transcends temporal boundaries. Jackie layers fragments of painted fabric, chiffon, and detailed drawings on paper to construct her canvases and works on paper. Each piece undergoes a series of transformative acts, including collage, sewing, and mounting, resulting in a harmonious fusion that forms both a metaphorical and physical tapestry.

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