Anya Roberts-Toney // If She Floats

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Thu - Mon, through Nov 28
Nationale Buckman Neighborhood (Portland)
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Anya Roberts-Toney's exhibition of new paintings at Nationale draw on imagery of female bathers in otherworldly landscapes. The gallery explains the title painting's reference to a dark piece of history: "Float tests were forced on women accused of witchcraft in the late 1600s. If the woman being tested floated in water, she was found guilty of being a witch, and if she sank (often drowning), she was considered innocent. At the time the saying was: 'If she floats, she burns.' Roberts-Toney’s new body of work is both an acknowledgement of this sinister period of history, and also a reclamation of female power."


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