Hauntingly beautiful nude photographs are contrasted by intricately hand-knit copper and brass body parts in the ART.i.factory’s new exhibition, “Body of Work,” which celebrates its opening reception on Saturday, March 12, from 4-7 p.m. Photographer Patti Levey and multimedia artist Laura Stanziola come together for the first time, giving viewers a unique opportunity to experience the interplay of anatomy through these two Santa Fe artists’ work. Levey’s photographs are a bridge between worlds connecting the physical and the spiritual. “For me, making self-portraits is both a political statement and a spiritual practice,” Levey says. “I believe that it is as radical for a woman to photograph herself as it is for her to love herself in any society that values women primarily as objects.” The exhibition will contain works from her “Mementomori” and “The Awakening” series of photographs. Stanziola’s metal-knitted sculptures speak of anatomical difference and strange beauty. A brass human
brain, conjoined hearts, and two sets of lungs occupy both side of a boundary between opposites: life and death, innocence and experience, order and chaos, and the ordinary and the sublime. “The historical, scientific, medical, literary, mythological, psychological and cross-cultural information is often built back into some of the three-dimensional pieces,” Stanziola says. “They become my contemporary cabinet of curiosities.” By setting the works of both artists in one room, viewers can experience a fascinating visual dialogue that explores the impact of our anatomical and spiritual selves. Patti Levey's "Nest" is one of the featured photographs. The exhibition will run from March 12 to April 30. The gallery is located inside of Art.i.fact consignment boutique at 930 Baca Street.