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Wednesday, Mar 5 2014

They appear to be more intricate than lace, more fragile than a thread of spider's silk in sunlight, whimsical as the ornaments in music boxes and fancy clocks: Bolinas artist Sha Sha Higby's sculptures are complex and layered, informed by her experiences in Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and India. Yet more than mere visual delights, these sculptures are made to move with her living body as the driving force. Meticulously crafted over the course of years, her sculptural costumes use paper, wood, leaves, silk, lacquer, ceramics, and gold leaf to make creatures somewhere between the natural and the divine. In A Paper Wing, Higby combines visual art with puppetry and dance to present a slow, mesmerizing, dreamlike scene celebrating the transformations of life, death, and rebirth. The presentation is ephemeral but the experience timeless. Watch to see patience rewarded.

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: March 14. Continues through March 22, 2014

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