‘Without Fear’ exhibition set to open

WAG’s October issue is themed “Artistic Fascinations” – and our cover story is devoted to the work of Beacon-based artist Meghan Spiro.

A commercial photographer, art director and designer who explores more personal themes in her own photo-based works of art, Spiro’s new exhibition, “Without Fear and Full of Love” will open Oct. 12 at bau Gallery in Beacon.

It is expected to be an intense show of personal work exploring the theme of domestic violence.

Here’s how Spiro has written about her project, an “autobiographical art show and book” that includes more than 20 self-portraits (photo-based mixed media works using digital compositing, painting, photo transfers on marble, gilding, collage and resin) displayed along with her poetry:

“One in four women have been a victim of severe physical violence with (an) intimate partner in their lifetime, and I am one of them. For years, I spent my life in silence about the abuse, as it happened and in my attempts to recover. I found myself ill-equipped to handle my PTSD, my addictions and my self-loathing. It wasn’t until I signed up to write this story and manifest these self-portraits that I actually began my deeper healing, transmuting my suffering into wisdom and my loathing into love. These poems and artwork are my truth that I bare to all who have suffered in silence over their abuse. It’s time to face our shadows in full honesty and rise above our pain in full embrace of our totality so that we may finally live without fear and full of love.”

It will, no doubt, be a thought-provoking exhibition – a testament to the power of art.

“Without Fear and Full of Love” will run Oct. 12 through Nov. 3 at bau Gallery, 506 Main St., Beacon. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12. For more, visit baugallery.org, meghanspiro.com and philasophia.com.

– Mary Shustack

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