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McCoy Gallery

McCoy Gallery

Silent Witness

Works by Nancy Wynn and John Bizis
Feb. 1-March 10, 2017
Reception and Artist Talk, Sunday, Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m. 

Silent Witness is a collaborative project that includes flowers arranged for liturgical settings and photographs of flowers. Artist/photographer Nancy Wynn presents starkly beautiful images of flowers gathered after their use in religious events and rituals in two Hartford churches. The flowers embody our experience of the ephemeral, much the way sacred rituals remember and witness events in annual religious cycles.

Floral arrangements by John Bizis share the space of the gallery with Wynn’’s photographs and wall hangings. The exhibition quietly adds time as a visual factor in that the artists have designed it so that the flowers are allowed to age through the duration of the exhibition.

As they lose their luster and vitality, and as petals discolor and fall to the floor, they remind us of our own mortality in a display that undercuts their typical function as decorative. The flowers in liturgy are both witness and witnessed, enabling our inclusion beyond being passive viewers.

Coming Soon

  • ERNESTO MONTENEGRO: Sculpture, March 20-April 16, 2017
  • 2017 VISUAL ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITION, April 20-June 30, 2017