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“The Dichotomy of Laundry” art exhibit cycles into Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A two week pop-up called "The Dichotomy of Laundry" washed up in Santa Barbara’s art gallery, Silo118.

Its artist, Colleen M. Kelly, was inspired to create a piece after the reversal of Roe V. Wade. The historic court case deeply impacted Kelly, who mourns the loss of the right for women to take control of their own lives and bodies.

The exhibit features laundry lines hung with paper clothing and linens. The art installation itself draws attention what has historically been the central domain of women— doing laundry.

Kelly used an art technique in which she lighted a stick of incense to burn holes into Gampi paper. Through the dashes and dots emerged the phrase “SOS.”

The exhibit wouldn’t be complete without Melinda Palacio, the Santa Barbara poet laureate, who wrote a poem specifically for this art installation.

We will be speaking to the Gallery Owner about what she thinks the impact of an exhibit like this has on the local community and its political landscape.

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