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Paula Wilson in Artsy

November 23, 2022

By Salomé Gómez-Upegui

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“Paula Wilson: Be Wild. Bewilder” curated by Tyler Emerson-Dorsch at Emerson Dorsch, featured in Artsy as one of the 10 Must-See Gallery and Museum Shows during Miami Art Week.

After a highly successful run last year for the first time since the pandemic began, Miami Art Week 2022 promises to be as busy as ever.

With multiple massive fairs—from Art Basel and Untitled Art to SCOPE and PRIZM Art Fair, not to mention Aqua Art and Art Miami—happening at the same time and gathering thousands of attendees, visitors are bound to need a bit of respite from the hustle and bustle. And exploring some of the city’s finest galleries and institutions is the perfect way to get off the beaten path.

Featuring exhibitions at well-established museums and beloved local galleries alike, the roundup below is your cheat sheet to the must-see gallery and museum shows on view during Miami Art Week.

Emerson Dorsch presents a solo exhibition by mixed-media American artist Paula Wilson focused on issues of fragmentation and regeneration. The show is titled “Be Wild. Bewilder” after a line in “Ghost Choir,” a poem that American writer Carl Phillips is said to have composed of multiple fragments he never used in other works.

The show makes use of elements collected by Wilson over the years, including scraps of fabric, pieces of paintings, rocks, plastic bottles, and CDs. The artist, who is based in Carrizozo, New Mexico, maintains a practice that is deeply informed by her intimate connection to the desert landscape she calls home. Wilson has created a series of hybrid works that combine sculpture, installation, painting, and printmaking, and convey rich narratives that delve into themes of feminine power, natural life systems, artmaking, and cross-cultural connections.

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