jute, burlap, wire
39 pieces, 8" x 6" x 2¾" each
Aparna Agrawal, Thaddeus Beal, Robert Ferrandini
Of Innocence, Life's Mysteries, and Boring Bread
by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe
Three living artists also grapple with the mysteries of life
in "Searching", a small, strong group show at the Cambridge
Multicultural Arts Center. Painter Robert Ferrandini, sculptor
Aparna Agrawal, and draftsman
Thaddeus Beal question the fragility and wildness of existence
in markedly different, though complementary ways.
Agrawal's pieces seem almost too ethereal to call sculpture.
She works in paper, string, wax, and gauze, creating beds
and other structures that reference family, the emotional
resonance of memory and her childhood in India. "Family bed"
could fit in a dollhouse, made from translucent paper that
looks as delicate as dried skin. Four figures nestle in the
bed, tiny sarcophagi cocooned in gauze. A fifth lies on the
floor nearby, cast out. The shapes at once recall swaddled
infants and the husks of something long dead - a portrayal
of the pulse of life, born and gone in an instant...