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eye - 09.11.03


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Taira Liceaga

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Taira Liceaga's jungle scenes evoke Rousseau or Gauguin: her vegetation has the same sensual curl, her striking palate is a near-identical spectrum of greens, purples, blues and yellows. But Liceaga's women resist the posing of Gauguin's exotic muses, moving and relaxing (always fully clothed), with a proud, practical energy. The large figure in "Nocturnal Sway" rocks forward in a hammock, a symbol for Liceaga of her Puerto Rican roots, and, more personally, of her childhood play area. The subject is delighted but not oblivious, her flaring nostrils, big dangling feet and muscular shoulders dominating her resting place. DAVID BALZER

"Nocturnal Sway" is part of Taira Liceaga's Vaivén/Sway exhibit at A.W.O.L. 78 Ossington. To Sept. 14. Thu-Sun, noon-7pm. 416-535-5637. http://www.mestizas.com/.

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