Folklore, fantasies, and fears featured in Andrea Dezsö's Haunted Ridgefield

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Folklore, fantasies, and fears featured in Andrea Dezsö's Haunted Ridgefield
Andrea Dezs÷, Sometimes In My Dreams I Fly (partial installation view at Rice Gallery, Houston), 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern, San Francisco. Photo: Nash Baker.

RIDGEFIELD, CT.- The Aldrich is showing Andrea Dezs÷: Haunted Ridgefield—the latest installment of the Museum’s popular Main Street Sculpture Project—featuring folklore, fantasies, and fears.

The Transylvania-born artist’s site-specific exhibition at The Aldrich showcases her skill in traditional, labor intensive, hand-crafted book-making, and will take the form of a diorama, in which a series of cut-out panels will reveal layers of a hallucinatory narrative featuring fantasy worlds and idiosyncratic characters.

Dezs÷ presents a powerful journey to the interior of the psyche through giant multimedia tunnel books, visible through the windows of the Museum’s historic 1783 administration building on Main Street.

Aldrich curator Mˇnica RamÝrez-Montagut explains, “Dezs÷ was inspired by Connecticut’s haunted places and their stories; her exhibition will feature strange child-like creatures that populate the bizarre environment of her installation.”

The somewhat surreal setting will present motifs from nature, such as spider webs and creeper plants, which convey a certain level of mystery and danger. These motifs will extend into the building’s architecture, where the artist has created new Victorian-like fretwork for the porch (corbels, gable decorations, and column brackets), with ornaments that are “deadly” beautiful and irresistible.

As Dezs÷ points out, “It opens on Halloween night, my favorite holiday, because that is the time when we can trespass across the barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead.”

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