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Artist Laura Collins skews vintage advertisements, offering a deeper look into the psyche of the ‘perfect’ ‘50s housewife in ‘Fracture,’ above.

The Light Inside the Bell Jar

SCAD M.A. exhibit creates dialogue about women and mental illness male artists versus “the crazy lady” stands starkly. Uglig’s goal is to challenge that notion, showcase the multifaceted identifies of these women, and honor the bravery that Since opening its doors, Sulfur Studios comes with examining and documenting has hosted some of the most poignant one’s struggle using a camera lens or canvas. and challenging shows in Savannah. This “I think it’s really interesting to look at weekend, SCAD Master of Arts candidate women in the arts, but different arts,” Uglig Sara Uglig uses the gallery to shed light says. “Theatre, painting versus women on mental illness in women, creating a safe sculptors. It’s a totally different world. And space, sense of community, and forum for how women are treated differently in those expression. worlds is very interesting to me.” “The Light Inside the Bell Jar” is a group exhibition of 15 women artists. Uglig aims Uglig put a call for entries out to artists all to illuminate the bell jar of depression Sylvia over the world; she was amazed at the numPlath so famously wrote about in her only ber of responses she received and the array novel through openness and understanding. of work submitted. Anna Brody, Katina “Sylvia Plath is the whole inspiration Bitsicas, Maureen Catbagan, Julia Colfor the name—the people who get kind lins, Madeleine Daste, Kate Ehle, Sara of rolled into this cliché of ‘the hysterical Fields, Julianne French, Anita Funston, Kym woman,’” the warmly candid Uglig explains. Hempworth, Nina Ramadan, Boz Schurr, “She gets really boiled down to ‘oh, she stuck Penelope Stone, Haley Varacallo, and Ms. her head in the oven’—and she’s way more Writtenart all have pieces in the show. prolific than that! She’s an amazing writer. “I really wanted to be able to support She was also a mother and wife, daughter.” women artists first and foremost—that was The wide-ranging work explores the day- the key element of the show,” Uglig explains. to-day and varying identities of living with “Then kind of rolling into the more personal mental illness. Tied to female creativity, that aspect, I discovered that there were a lot of double standard of “tortured genius” for artists out there I was finding—even just by anna chandler

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