- Author: Heather Hoch
- Category: Arts
- Issue: Sep 2011
SEEING IS BELIEVING
A new exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum explores two artists' Mormon roots.
Growing up with a polygamous family is a lot less glamorous than HBO's Big Love series makes it seem, and Phoenix artist Angela Ellsworth proves it through her eye-catching artwork. Beginning September 3, Ellsworth’s controversial art will be exhibited alongside Rebecca Campbell’s work at the Phoenix Art Museum to show the multi-dimensional nature of growing up Mormon.
Though both women were raised in Utah in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, their experiences in the church contrast tradition with modernism. From Ellsworth's bonnets impaled on pearl-tipped pins to Campbell's velvet-covered avocado tree, the work in Seeing Is Believing comments on gender roles, religion and sexuality through the perspective of a Mormon upbringing. (It's important to note that while Ellsworth's great-great-grandfather was a Mormon prophet and husband to nine wives , Ellsworth herself is not and never has been part of the fundamentalist sect of the Mormon church.) Campbell ’s work also draws on the nostalgia of childhood interpreted in paintings and sculpture.
The Rebecca Campbell and Angela Ellsworth exhibit will be displayed at the Marshall and Hendler galleries in the Katz Wing for Modern and Contemporary Art from September 3, 2011 until January 22, 2012. For more information, call 602-257-1222 or visit phxart.org.