The beauty in life’s wreckage

The Garrison Art Center’s galleries return tomorrow – Saturday, Aug. 8 – with “Monkey Bars” – sculptures, monotypes and transfer drawings by Pam Marchin – as well as “Bridges, Battlegrounds and Swimming Pools,” ink and watercolor paintings by Jill Shoffiett (both shows through Sept. 13).

The Hudson Valley Shoffiett’s paintings encompass “landscapes and interiors that explore the human psyche through themes of survival, decay, identity, tragedy and triumph,” the center says. “There is an edgy, apocalyptic quality to Shoffiett’s work.  Born in Mississippi, her work is heavily influenced by her family history and Southern roots.”

What paintings like her “Catapult” celebrate is the jagged beauty in the mundane and the industrial. They’re a reminder that there’s beauty even in life’s wreckage.

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– Georgette Gouveia

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