Review of Linda Stojak’s exhibition “Silent Voices.”
“The female subjects comprising Silent Voices seem to exist in a haunted chrysalis state, or embryonic purgatory. Their faces, ashen swabs which are kin to Di Chirico’s faceless enigmas, suggest not only the tragic obliteration of identity but also the potential for rebirth, i.e., a Bardo makeover. Who are these women? Who are they in the process of becoming? What is the nature of their shedding and reconstitution? Lyrical, understated, speculative, and lucidly incomplete, Stojak’s artwork brings to mind a passage from the 14th century Japanese text Essays in Idleness, in which Kenkō writes: “In everything, no matter what it may be, uniformity is undesirable. Leaving something incomplete makes it interesting and gives one the feeling that there is room for growth.”
Read the full review at Riot Material.