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Preview: “A Stranger in the Garden” by Saddo at BC Gallery

Thanatophobia, or the fear of death, is an ancient and primal phobia that Saddo confronts in his upcoming solo, "A Stranger in the Garden". Opening this Friday the 13th at BC Gallery, his exhibition showcases his largest, and most challenging works to date on canvas and paper. Human society has shared his fascination with death for centuries in a variety of ways whether through reverence to religious deities or cultural practice. With added personal motifs, Saddo portrays such subjects as Anubis, the Egyptian god of death, and Kālī, the Hindu goddess of death.

Thanatophobia, or the fear of death, is an ancient and primal phobia that Saddo confronts in his upcoming solo, “A Stranger in the Garden”. Opening this Friday the 13th at BC Gallery, his exhibition showcases his largest, and most challenging works to date on canvas and paper. Human society has shared his fascination with death for centuries in a variety of ways whether through reverence to religious deities or cultural practice. With added personal motifs, Saddo portrays such subjects as Anubis, the Egyptian god of death, and Kālī, the Hindu goddess of death. Saddo’s representations are dark yet humorous, replacing their expressionless faces with personality and more tattoos than a sailor. Surrounding them is mysterious lush jungle life, reminiscent of Saddo’s native Romania. Perhaps some hint to this mystery can be found in Saddo’s title, borrowed from Luis Buñuel’s “Death in the Garden” about South American fugitives who flee into the jungle. Take a look at some images from the show courtesy BC Gallery and the artist.


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