Apotropaia Art Opening by Ann Belden

Event has passed (Thu Oct 19, 2017 - Thu Oct 19, 2017)
Madrone Art Bar


"Apotropaia: Deliver us from Evil"
Front Window Installation
by Ann Belden

Art Opening Reception

"Most cultures have symbols through which they express the need for protection. Certain objects have been designated as apotropaic (from the Greek for “to turn away”), having the power to ward off evil. They include, but are not limited to, bay leaves, various trees, copper, silver, coral, evil eyes, relics, mezuzahs, horseshoes, jack o’ lanterns, crucifixes, tattoos, wild roses, garlic, phalli, amulets, talismans, seals, mojo bags, bone rattles, petitions to Saint Michael the Archangel and other saints, the Star of David, tiger skins, holy water, mirrors, holy water, and fu dogs.

My own concrete representations of intention to protect ourselves are displayed here. I’ve worked with traditional symbols and created my own apotropaia which I describe as a cross between religious art and something you’d knock down at the county fair to win a prize. I’ve been working with these symbols for years, but I think most of us would agree that we need protection now more than ever. I’m happy to show them at Madrone Art Bar, which sports its very own “Evil B Gone” sign over the bar."

Ann Belden is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist living and working in San Francisco. Born in Canton, Ohio, she attended University of Michigan where she earned her B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing. She moved to San Francisco and turned her talents on the culinary arts, working as chef in her own restaurant and bakery for thirteen years.

In the early nineties, she returned to fine art, and began painting again. She studied metal sculpture under Joyce Clements of Bolinas, California, and worked as her apprentice for 3 years.

She continues to paint and make sculpture, and since 2004 has been traveling from coast to coast making large outdoor installation work on the grounds of various galleries and institutions.


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