Photograph with a deep black surface and background. On the flat surface is an egg shaped sculpture with two drawn bunnies with a green background and butterflies around. To the right of the egg is an egg yolk with the whites surrounding, reflecting the sculpture egg.

Jane Szabo: Family Matters

Family history is riddled with complexities, differences, struggles, and triumphs.  The opportunity to confront and come to terms with the total package of a life well-lived can be both a gift and a burden. The stark and exquisite still lifes of Family Matters illustrate how one artist processed a difficult period, the aging and passing of her parents, and her role as caretaker, by recalling family stories through objects.

As we age, our relationship to family evolves. The dynamics between parent and child, or between siblings, may shift.  The one who is the caregiver and the nature of care might reverse. Through her work, Jane Szabo incorporates memory, metaphor, and allegory to express the challenges, burdens, and joys of her role as daughter, and then caretaker, of her elderly parents.  Through childhood possessions and simple items that had been in the family for years, the artist created tableaus that hint at complicated family dynamics. The arrangement of these objects is not merely a collection of possessions, but a catalog of feelings—pain and disappointment, hope, loss, and burden.  This exhibition allows us to think about how we might illustrate the story of our family and the legacy we leave.


Dates: October 8, 2022 - January 29, 2023
Participating artists:
Photograph with a deep black surface and background. On the flat surface is an egg shaped sculpture with two drawn bunnies with a green background and butterflies around. To the right of the egg is an egg yolk with the whites surrounding, reflecting the sculpture egg.
Jane Szabo, I Wish it Weren’t So , 2017, Photograph
Photograph of a deep black background. In the foreground is a ball of twine with its end loose and wrapping around a small clay figure of a dog.
Jane Szabo, Don’t Forget , 2017, Photograph
Photograph of a deep grey fabric with cursive capital 'A's across in a bright red. To the bottom left is a charm of a capital letter 'J' with a diamond towards the bottom of the 'J'.
Jane Szabo, Scarlet A , 2017, Photograph