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Tangled Narratives exhibition now open at Octagon

September 19, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - The Octagon Gallery at Patterson Library opened Tangled Narratives: Work by Debra Eck and Molly Jarboe on Friday, Sept. 7 and running through Friday, Sept. 21

Eck is a mixed media, installation and book artist who lives and works in Western New York. She is fascinated with the discourses surrounding madness and with stories of women historically trapped inside the boundaries of those ideas.

"I feel the presence of these women, the hysterics, the domestic and material feminists, the utopian dreamers," Eck said. "They remain as the paper cocoons of their words across time, and revealed they flutter, insubstantial, like moths beating vainly against a darkened window pane."

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The Tangled Narratives: Work by Debra Eck and Molly Jarboe art exhibit runs through Friday, Sept. 21 at the Octagon Gallery at Patterson Library in Westfield.

Buffalo photographer Jarboe will exhibit photos from her series "Tangled." The images are set in wooded areas where the natural landscape is photographed, then digitally altered. Fantastically lit thickets and felled branches serve as backdrops to a cast of characters that seem to possess clues to secrets existing just beyond view.

"Tangled gets its inspiration from various children's books and fairy tales, and seeks to awaken in its viewer the kind of unquestioning sense of adventure that can thrive in the imaginations of children," Jarboe said.

More information about the artists can be found online at and

Patterson Library's Art Gallery program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Re-grant Program administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. Contact Octagon Gallery Curator Nancy N. Ensign for interest in art exhibition for the year 2014 or Art Escape programming at 326-2154 or



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