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Art making that links the ordinary to the mystical. 

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In Beerhorst’s paintings, girls and young women are often shown reading, but viewers sometimes cannot see their eyes because he obscures them with the reader’s book or overlays them with a disembodied hand or a fluttering hummingbird. With the aid of a book, the girls have transported themselves somewhere else; they are absorbed in an interiorized space — a world that is separate from ours — that we are not privy to, as the hovering hummingbird suggests. If we are unable to see the girls’s eyes, we cannot know what any of them are thinking/seeing. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then covering them with a flying creature conveys a complexity of feelings. Did the girls close the viewer out? Are they acquiring knowledge about things we don’t want them to know? -John Yau