Friday, April 19, 2024



These are the final two days to visit “Another World” – artist Violet Byrd’s painstaking, surreal approach to “drawing with scissors.” Visits are free.

Byrd’s cuts black and white paper into “hybrid life forms of fantastic creatures” in two and three dimensions, using cast light to create shadows that operate as an extension of the objects themselves.

Curators at the Chandler Gallery rhapsodize about her work:

The pieces may look fragile, but Byrd packs heavy ideas into their sprightly forms. Byrd’s most recently finished piece – and therefore her current favorite – “Old Lady Who Knew the Seeds and Carried the Janus,” contains an optical illusion as the figure’s wavy edges change from sleeves to faces and back again. According to Byrd, this piece explores three different concepts: “genetically-modified seeds, looking forward and backward in time, and the ability to predict based on actions.”

“Another World” is on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at at the Chandler Gallery, 20 Sacramento St., in the Agassiz neighborhood near Porter Square. Call (617) 547-1647 or click here.

This post was written from a press release.