May 2nd 2020

Moonlight through an Onion Skin is Monica Jahan Bose’s first show in Chicago and takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Agitator Cooperative Gallery (1112 North Ashland Ave., Chicago). The show will consist of works on paper: etchings, drawings, watercolors, mixed media and limited edition photographs from Bose’s performance pieces. She may also have a video of performance work.

Bose says the title suggests transformation and a new way of looking at things. It is about finding magic, love and mystery in the everyday world, all the while trying to change perspectives and achieve a shift of outlook from ourselves to the wider world.

“I peel onions almost daily but occasionally I find myself really looking at the beauty of the translucent pink or purple onion skin. The world looks different when you look through the onion skin,” says Bose. “The moon represents the cycle of time, and to me it is a feminine symbol, perhaps guiding us by its light.”

She will speak on the recurring themes and symbols in her work and the inspiration behind them at the show.

“My work is inspired by dreams, love, everyday objects, some of the urgent issues we are facing today, and the connection I feel to nature, the earth, as well as to my roots and my mother language.” says Bose.

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