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Lauri Mancuso

Aging a Decaying Mill Town

2008

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Mancuso utilized various painting techniques to alter the designated form of the room, creating a disconcerting, layered space. She then placed illusionistic paintings on canvas and wood on the walls. Conceptually, the room suggests the erosion of time and physical decay, perhaps from weather or natural decay, and a regression of the space to its pre-refurbished state. Standing in the midst of the pre-historic architectural space, the viewer is pulled into a dark and chilling setting of time and history past.

Curated by Heather Pesanti

Exhibition

Gestures 10: Illustrations of Catastrophe & Remote Times, January 18 - June 15, 2008
About The Artist

A longstanding member and promoter of the local arts community, having run such organizations as Garfield Artworks, ON Gallery, and Dorothy 6, Lauri Mancuso is an artist who makes oil paintings incorporating found objects. She is also an independent contractor and curator, specializing in commercial and residential painting, as well as film, television, and theater sets.

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