David Kaye Gallery » Maryanne Cain

13 Stations
March 1 - 25, 2018

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This isn’t the work that I would have liked to present to you at this point in my life….but it is the work that I need to present.

Before there were Words” there was abuse, sexual abuse. These “13 Stations” are an expression of the long road to reclaiming myself…a self that was stolen from me at the beginning of my life. It is my attempt to convey to you the emotional effect of sexual abuse on children.

When there is no escape, you repress the things that are too hard to live with, but the fear does not go away. It can become debilitating, leading to a lifetime of mental anguish, often a feeling of wanting to run away, longing for something, but you don’t know what, feeling shame, guilt, mistrust, not knowing why.

This exhibit is about my need to honour my childhood self, my struggle to survive, to honour the suffering of countless others like me now, and throughout human history, to let them know that we are not alone, to be our witness, to share our truth.

I was voiceless, helpless and I forgot. Now I remember and I can speak the unspeakable. Change starts with acknowledgement.

GALLERY

Maryanne Cain, Truth Echos, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, plaster, ceramic, wire screening, acrylic paint, wooden dowel, linen, 16 X 17.5 X 5.5 in.Maryanne Cain, Pillar of Strength, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, plaster, acrylic paint, wooden dowel, steel pipe, steel filings, linen, 23 X 17 X 6 in.Maryanne Cain, Uncomfortable Realities, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, plaster, acrylic paint, wooden dowel, linen, 29 X 17.5 X 6 in.Maryanne Cain, Stole Me From Me, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, acrylic paint, ceramic, linen, 23.5 X 7.5 X 3.5 in.Maryanne Cain, From The Depths of My Years, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, plaster, acrylic, ceramic, wooden dowel, linen, 23.5 X 22 X 5.5 in.Maryanne Cain, Before Words, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, acrylic paint, ceramic, linen, 16 X 7.5 X 4 in.Maryanne Cain, Never A Time Before, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, acrylic paint, waxed string, ceramic, linen, 19.5 X 16 X 3 in.Maryanne Cain, Furnace Heart, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, acrylic paint, ceramic, linen, 24 X 8.5 X 3.5 in.Maryanne Cain, No Safe Place, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, acrylic paint, ceramic, linen, 20 X 11 X 4 in.Maryanne Cain, Longing, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, acrylic paint, ceramic, metal screening, 30 X 18 X 4.75 in.Maryanne Cain, Divide and Transplant, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, acrylic paint, ceramic, metal screening, 31.5 X 21 X 5 in.Maryanne Cain, Reclaimed, 2017, polystyrene foam, plasticized cement, plaster, acrylic paint, ceramic, 26 X 14.5 X 4.5 in.Maryanne Cain, Mother and Child, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 48 X 36 in.