Bangor exhibit features artist weaving narrative through clothes

The threads that run through painter Lesia Sochor’s artistic career create a tapestry that spans generations — from her Ukrainian parents, who immigrated to the U.S. during World War II, to her settling in Waldo County in the 1980s, to her life spent building a family and an artistic community on the coast of Maine.

The latest chapter in Sochor’s tale is on display at the Zillman Art Museum in Bangor this summer. “Body Language,” a major exhibition of Sochor’s paintings, is one of four exhibits by three artists on display this summer at the Zillman. It weaves a narrative that uses clothing and fashion to explore concepts of identity, ancestry and womanhood.

“Every day, we wake up and we choose what we want to wear, and how we want to present ourselves to the world,” said Sochor. “Clothing says so much about who we are and how we want people to see us.”

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