Sonya Kelliher-Combs: Mark
November 2, 2019 - December 21, 2019
16 Main Street, Suite A
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
MINUS SPACE is honored to present the solo exhibition Sonya Kelliher-Combs: Mark. This is the Anchorage, Alaska-based artist’s first solo exhibition at a NYC gallery and it will premiere works from her new Credible and other series.
Mark, the title of Kelliher-Combs’s exhibition, is defined as a visible impression or trace on something, as in a line, cut, dent, stain, or bruise. A mark can also be a kind of badge, a brand, or other visible sign that is assumed or imposed. For the artist, it specifically speaks to the endangered state of the natural environment of Alaska, her home state, and the persistent struggles of its indigenous peoples.
Renown for her urgent, deeply personal mixed media paintings, sculpture, and installations about abuse and marginalization, Kelliher-Combs’s exhibition will present works from her new series Credible, which addresses the Catholic Church’s appalling record of abuse in the state of Alaska. Begun in 2005, the paintings in this series reflect the 36 villages that have credible claims of abuse at the hands of those that were sent there to help. Research for this series was provided by the Anchorage Daily News, which was sourced from Jesuits West and supplemented by a report from the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, listing “all known individuals, including priests, religious, lay employees and volunteers against whom a complaint of sexual abuse has been filed by one or more individuals” and against whom the abuse has been proven, admitted, or “credibly accused.”