The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Tag: Hapax Legomena

Jessica Dalva's wall-mounted sculptures look like paintings at a first glance, but her work comes alive as the figures pop off the walls. Dalva's mystical, feminine imagery calls to mind ancient pagan rituals that have been lost over time. Her upcoming solo show, "Hapax Legomena," takes its name from a phrase that appears only once in an ancient text or language, making it impossible to translate. Dalva uses this reference to describe her approach to her work, which attempts to translate her emotions through visual language when words are not enough. "Hapax Legomena" opens at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in LA tonight, May 1, and is on view through May 31.

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