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Liberty and Justice: The Satirical Art of Salley Mavor -  New England Quilt Musem  •   Lowell, Massachusetts
September 26, 2018 - December 30, 2018
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I’ve had a wonderful career illustrating children’s books and designing little dolls, but around my 60th birthday I felt that something was missing and that the rest of my life as an artist would be different. I felt an urge to break away from safe and sheltered subject matter, and explore what was happening in the real world. Never would I have thought that this new direction would lead to political satire.  Yes, the personalities of my dolls changed dramatically and moved out of the fairy house and into the white house! 

Almost immediately after the 2016 election, I started imagining ironic scenarios with these new dolls that resembled famous political figures. Creating the characters and “playing doll house” was a cathartic experience where I felt in control, even as chaos ensued nationally. The works you see in this exhibit include a selection from the WEE FOLK PLAYERS series from 2017. There is also a 14 minute stop-motion animated film, Liberty and Justice: A Cautionary Tale in the Land of the Free. 

​This exhibition was recently censored at another venue, which proves its ability to conjure emotions and spark discussion about art and its place in today’s society. 

Venue Info:
New England Quilt Musem
18 Shattuck St. 
Lowell, MA 01852
United States