Academic journal article Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies

Messenger, Waiting Room, Target, and Woman Warrior (Art)

Academic journal article Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies

Messenger, Waiting Room, Target, and Woman Warrior (Art)

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The image on the cover, Pattern #10, is from the series of "pattern" paintings and assemblages that began with a single painting for an exhibition of self-portraits in the summer of 1999. I had just moved all of my finished and unfinished canvases to a new storage space next to my studio, and in the process I unearthed twenty-year-old half-forgotten and half-finished paintings in which I had been experimenting with pattern pieces. These paintings still felt potent to me, filled with possibility and levels of meaning, both personal and general. In the past year and a half, the series has taken on a life of its own. I am using ideas and objects, which continue to haunt and surprise me. Clearly, these pieces owe a debt to Dadaist sensibility, but they involve personal history and perception, as well as a lifelong and quite literal interest in both the evocative power of shapes and how a changing context also changes our understanding of shape.

To begin with, sewing was my mother's primary mode of expression and the clearest expression, also, of her personality. I learned the rudiments, both at school and at home, but my interest was mainly limited to the selection of pattern and fabric. It was probably, also, my first experience with shapes in their purest form. …

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