We Are Here
Lilia Levin
pen and ink on paper, 8.5" x 7";  $100
Exhibited at Village West in Wherefore Art Spring 2019

Olivia: I prithee, tell me what thou thinkest of me.
Viola: That you do think you are not what you are.
Olivia: If I think so, I think the same of you.
Viola: Then think you right, I am not what I am.

    -- Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene 1

Deception. Through disguise, dissembling, pretense, lies. Short-term or life-long, comical or cruel, skin-deep or soul-deep, accidental, or what Shakespeare calls "device". There is every kind of deception in Shakespeare, from high treason to self-deception. Shakespeare knows his characters better than they know each other and themselves. Well, of course, they are his creation. But take a real life already lived. The women in my drawings want to unravel and reveal all, re-evaluate, relive and, of course, the word "relieve" begs to follow these r-l-v verbs, and then the noun "pain", but these women do not wish to be melodramatic, they only want to make sense of things and to open their eyes.

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