Painted, life size images of girls from different eras are arranged in balancing acts and contortions, engaged in female-identified activities and rituals. They are caught at various thresholds—between youth/adulthood, innocence/experience, public/private, past/present. This all takes place in the liminal space of the former bathroom, where for almost 100 years girls have learned the ropes of navigating the journey from girl to woman; a space still inhabited by the traces and residue of historical gender ideas. This installation makes clear that the performance of girlhood in the present is a reverberating echo of the past, yet constantly fluid and transforming.


Sara DiDonato was born in Naples, Italy, where her mother performed as a contortionist in a small traveling family circus. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Iowa, and an MFA from the State University of New York at Albany in 2002. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and regionally. She currently teaches painting and drawing at the State University of New York College at Brockport.