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Arts and Entertainment

Gallery Visit: 'The Hydra of Babylon'

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Last night was the opening for Camille Rose Garcia's "The Hydra of Babylon" exhibit at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery. Californian artist Garcia’s latest paintings on wood and paper explore the converging ecological and human catastrophes and the healing power of nature. The largest work is the show's namesake and centerpiece, "The Hydra of Babylon" is described as follows:

[The painting] depicts a Greek hydra, a nine-headed serpent, struggles underwater with a giant white eagle. The eagle is depicted upside down, representing a “flipping” of its meaning as a symbol of freedom. Babylon, usually used symbolically to represent wealth, luxury, and wickedness, is used here also as a geographical reference. The original city of Babylon, with beautiful azure-blue gates and famous hanging gardens, sits in modern-day Iraq, now a war-torn desert.

Garcia hails originally from the OC, has an MFA from UC Davis, and now lives in Northern California. Her show at Merry Karnowsky Gallery runs until October 10th.