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Hyperallergic | 10 Art Shows to See in New York This January

Kelly Sinnaph Mary

New Yorkers may remember Mary’s work from Spring Break a few years ago, but this is the Guadalupe-based artist’s first New York solo show. Her visually dense artworks mine the history of textiles, the Caribbean, and art history’s own obsessiveness over images of women and nature. Her figures live in a forest of patterns that convey their interiority in surprising ways. Her small sculptures extend her imagination into the world, and some of those portrayed are based on real people, including Tituba, an enslaved Native American woman believed to be a member of the Arawak-Guiana tribe hailing from Barbados — she was among the first to be accused of witchcraft in Salem in the 17th century. Highly recommended. —Hrag Vartanian