Like the town crier in a fractured fairy tale, Be My Herald of What’s to Come rings in Vickie Pierre’s solo show at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Grounded in the Arts and Crafts movement, her installations have a storybook feel. A fractured fairy tale is, after all, a new twist on an old story, reimagined and restructured for a contemporary sensibility. Just as fractured fairytales can be more subversive than the traditional fables, the playfulness and whimsical flourishes of Pierre’s assemblages are underscored by her pull towards the beautifully grotesque. In this new exhibition, her works cast a feminine deity spell within the Museum gallery. In the installation she created in 2020, Black Flowers Blossom (Hanging Tree), the artist honors the souls of people lost to racial injustice, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others.
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