200-Word Review: Kelly Boehmer’s “Covers & Hides”

Kelly Boehmer’s Covers & Hides is your erotic taxidermy glitter nightmare come to life.

 

 

Boehmer’s soft sculptures–inspired by Shakespeare, Baroque sculptures, cartoons, and beer labels–are monstrous visions culled from the depths of our adult anxieties and vulnerabilities. Crafted from yarn, taxidermy animals, glitter, teeth, silk flowers and kitschy ephemera, the pieces in Covers & Hides are unlike anything you’ve seen in Savannah before. Boehmer is utterly fearless and peerless.

 

Ariel

 

Upon entering the gallery, visitors are immediately greeted by a fluffy white creature, its mouth an open toy box of jagged, foreboding teeth. This is Boehmer’s clever play on The Unicorn Tapestries–what was once an image of sensual piety veers, in her hands, into the valley of macabre surrealism.

 

Bernini’s Bed Sheet

 

Other stand-out works include “Ariel”, a towering hot pink woman/tree figure adorned with dentures and taxidermy ferrets, and “Bernini’s Bed Sheet”, a canvas drenched in silk flowers and sharp-toothed beasts with golden jaws.

Covers & Hides, with its remarkable handling of the grotesque, the humorous and the alluring, is, without a doubt, one of the most captivating shows of the year.


Covers & Hides remains open at Non-Fiction Gallery through Saturday, October 15. Gallery hours are 1 – 5pm. Click here to see more of Kelly Boehmer’s work.

Kayla Goggin

Author: Kayla Goggin

Kayla Goggin is the editor of the Savannah Art Informer.

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