Elephant Room welcomes artist and guest curator, Abraham, with an exhibition entitled “seVII” featuring the work of 7 Chicago-based female artists. Each artist has a piece representative of each of the 7 deadly sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride.
This diverse group of artists includes Jas Petersen, Connie Noyes, Nasim Hantehzadeh, Shanna Zentner, Christie Chew-Wallace, Jaime Foster and Sara Dehghan. Abraham previously curated “seVII” at Chicago’s Hermann & Audrey Gallery on July 11th, 2014, featuring the work of 14 artists, male and female, each representing one of the 7 deadly sins. For this version, he has focused on choosing all female artists to each interpret their personal meaning of the sins through their own unique creative process.
The 7 Deadly Sins have a long history and have been re-interpreted beyond religious references as they are representative of human weakness when displayed in excess. Through this exhibition, the viewer is forced to turn inward and reflect, facing the reality that we are destroying ourselves, one another and the earth. Each work is a unique interpretation that is personal to the artist, but speaks to everyone through a relatable flaw. As the 7 pieces come together in one exhibition, the commonality of humanity begins to reveal itself. “These actions, made regardless of others and with great excess, deteriorate our global well-being. The perceptions of these artists reveal those harsh frailties that plague society and our species as a whole. Each interpretation shines a light on these dark secrets. A darkness we actually can quell, if we choose to.” – Abraham