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19 Oct 2017

Annette Turrillo: Sublimations

Coral Gables Museum

Reviewed by Elisa Turner

A luxurious sheen infuses high-end retail display, tinting beauty with the pretty and precious, while exalting bold women's contributions to eons of world history. Turrillos's timely show asserts the presence of smart, strong women.

Yet female bodies are oddly absent from this art so imbued with fashion. Witness the circle of white high heels surrounding a pair of men's black shoes in Installation Divergences I. Intricate lace obscures a face with closed eyes and mouth in Lux Perpetua II. They evoke stasis, silence, and sleep, pointing to women disembodied or sublimated, lifted to a disengaged level above neglect and abuse.

Spirituality informs this sublimation. Delicate, painted faces vanish until only lips are left in Face Immanences. These fading presences contrast with her installation Women in History, spotlighting suffragettes, artists, and civic leaders. Their stories are more robust than the nearby art.

Exhibition Annette Turrillo: Sublimations link
Start date 01 Sep 2017
End date 19 Nov 2017
Presenter Coral Gables Museum link
Venue 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL, USA map
Image Annette Turrillo, Installation Divergences I, 2017, 30 pairs of women's shoes, 1 pair of men's shoes, courtesy of the artist

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