Taking the form of pages torn from an oversized graphic novel, The Lady of the Woods tells the story of the Grim Reaper’s older sister. A character unknown until now, The Lady is an embodiment of death like her brother. While his domain is open space she, instead, presides over the woods.
Massaro’s story finds the siblings in the present day: their realms are shrinking, threatened by urban sprawl, climate change, and the unfettered destruction of their ecosystems. Spurred by the kidnapping of an ally, the siblings join forces in a quest to rescue him and save themselves. A quest they discover is even bigger than they had realized.
These eight works on paper are excerpts from a much larger body of work that tells the entire story. Massaro’s medium, charcoal—often applied to torn craft paper—brings to mind gravestone rubbings, while the dark but heroic themes, limited palette, and her free, unfussy style nod to comic books, graphic novels, and fantasy art.
On Thursday, March 12, Massaro’s show will culminate in a one-night-only immersive experience upstairs. That evening we’ll be displaying the entire body of work (close to 40 pieces), and featuring a full-band live performance led by collaborator Jim Rioux, who wrote an original score to accompany the work.