In her massive "nun sculpture," placed in downtown Houston several years ago, Petah Coyne proclaimed loud and clear that the church was definitely not the path for her. Nonetheless, claims host Michael Rush, with statues of the Virgin Mary hidden beneath mounds of waxed flowers and barbed wire in sculptures and similar strains evident at her 2005 retrospective, Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin, at Long Island City's Sculpture Center (through April 10), Coyne has a postulant screaming to get out.
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