Gerrard Art Space is showing puppets made by 5 different artists, but one name was attached to most of them … Alla Petrova. I wish I had met her at the reception, but I was otherwise engaged that evening. Too bad. There was live music, a fun crowd and spontaneous dancing with face masks.
Puppets, of course, come alive in performance, but we don’t usually get up close enough to examine them in detail. A Javanese shadow puppet is made of painted leather. Others are made of … you name it. Plaster, fabric, foam, wood, papier maché, staples, wire …
Alla Petrova’s web site reminds us that puppets still perform the same purposes they have for thousands of years … storytelling, educating and entertaining. They can also be valuable therapeutic tools.
I found the show refreshingly direct and human, an antidote to too many shiny screens. Even little marketing glitches, like the typo on Alla Petrova’s business card have a cetain charm. (It’s WordPress, Alla, not Worldpress). 🙂