SACI Alumna, Resa Blatman, Shows Site-Specific Installation About President


Pretty Sad, 2017
acrylic on cut paper; fake flowers
site-specific: ca. 84h x 55w x 3d inches


“Pretty Sad”

#RESIST / Nave Gallery Annex
53 Chester Street, Somerville, MA
April 27 – May 27

Now on view at #RESIST / Nave Gallery Annex in Somerville, MA, SACI Alumna Spring 1984, Resa Blatman, has created a site-specific installation in response to the new president of the United States. In a large composition of brightly colored flowers and flowing script, “Pretty Sad” juxtaposes an initially alluring and feminine appearance with cruel and grotesque words specifically chosen to reflect the president’s vocabulary and attitudes.

Blatman describes the installation:

Some of the wording in “Pretty Sad” comes from the phrasing used by the current U.S. president. He often uses “very, very” to underscore how much he likes or dislikes something, and he uses “sad” to disparage someone’s efforts. The other words are not just mine, but come from millions of Americans, and people around the world, who believe that this U.S. president is a misogynist, racist, and narcissist. The word “cheeto” has been used to cut him down, and it reflects his unnatural/fake orange facial cover-up. The flowers are an attempt to make the entire installation sickeningly sweet and as “feminine” as possible, to offset the grotesqueness of the subject matter.

The show is on view through May 27th and the project is ongoing.

Pretty Sad, details, 2017
acrylic on cut paper; fake flowers
site-specific: ca. 84h x 55w x 3d inches


Other recent and upcoming shows and installations by Resa Blatman:


“Bleached Coral”

Somerville Open Studios
6 Vernon Street, 2nd floor, studio #19
Somerville, MA
Friday, May 5,
Saturday + Sunday, May 6 + 7

Bleached Coral 1, 2017
colored pencil and pen on paper
22h x 30w inches
Bleached Coral 2, 2017
colored pencil and pen on paper
15h x 20w inches
Bleached Coral 3, 2017
colored pencil and pen on paper
22h x 30w inches


“In Deep Water”

Flatrocks Gallery
77 Langsford Street, Gloucester, MA
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 28th4-6pm

Exhibit runs: May 25th – July 2nd



4th Biennial Juried Alumni Exhibition: Habitat/ion
MassArt’s Bakalar Gallery
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Opening reception: Thursday, June 15, 6 – 8pm
Exhibit runs: June 15 – July 15

Dispersant, 2017
oil on hand-cut Mylar
site-specific: ca. 96h x 72w x 24d inches


Solo Exhibition

University Gallery at Western Illinois University
1 University Circle, Macomb, IL
Opening Reception + Artist Talk: Thursday, August 24th
Exhibit runs: August 24th – September 22nd

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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