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"Ice World of German Artist Petra Voegtle"
2005-07-29 until 2005-08-25
Woman Made Gallery
Chicago, IL, USA United States of America

This year's Members Show at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago will host one of the Silk Painted Scrolls of German artist Petra Voegtle (Vyala). Voegtle's award winning work has been displayed at numerous venues in the United States and Europe and incorporates in general not only paintings on silk, but also silk fiber sculptures, drawings on paper/silk scrolls and wood carving.

The Woman Made Gallery (WMG) was founded in 1992 by two art students and is a non-profit organization that supports all women in the arts by providing opportunities, awareness and advocacy. Unlike the mainstream art world, they are building an alternative community where the artistic values and criteria are determined by women, for women. 

Voegtle's work shown at the Woman Made Gallery is a Silk Painted Scroll with the title "Ice World" ( http://www.angelfire.com/art2/vyala_arts/scrolls/iceworld.html ), a landscape piece about the arctic region which seemingly is a deadly world with temperatures below 60°C during winter. But this landscape is beautiful in its purity. When snow has been under enormous pressure for quite some time it turns into clear ice that appears to emanate light in all shades of blue, from light turquoise to nearly black. "Ice World" tries to convey these shades of ethereal blues.

Voegtle who signs her work always with "Vyala" which is an old sanskrit word, feels deeply influenced by Asian cultures due to many travels to southeast Asian countries. A vyala is a mythical catlike animal that can have different faces. The vyala motif is ubiquitous in medieval Indian temples. Symbolically it represents the struggle to subdue the passions. The vyala's body is always a rampant lion sometimes engaged in some combat with a warrior or female trying to tame it. A symbol for the struggle of life and a symbol for the conflict within. 


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