Better Than Ever: Women Figurative Artists of the '70s Soho Co-ops
Brooklyn, NY 11217
This is the statement I wrote for my page in the catalogue of the exhibition. The illustrated catalog also has essays by noted art critic and painter, Hearne Pardee and the curator and artist, Sharyn Finnegan. Each artist has one early and one late work in the show.
When I joined Prince Street in 1971, I had been painting for over 15 years with few shows. Arriving from an L.A. with limited exhibition opportunities, I found in New York the time was right to emerge from my chrysalis and show the world something new. Prince Street gave me the opportunity to explore and present my nontraditional vision of still life painting as larger than life, greater than the sum of its parts, and worthy of serious consideration. Through the feminist and figurative artists movements I met Pat Passlof, Lois Dodd, Gretna Campbell, and Louisa Mattiasdottir, wonderful women peers with established careers, and others half my age who were questioning if they could combine marriage and parenting and still be serious painters. I was able to tell them, from my own experience, that it was possible. Sitting at the gallery, I met many artists and art lovers. . The gallery scene was like an expanding universe within which we circulated as if we were meteors and stars.
This show will travel to Dishman Art Museum, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, April 3-22, 2009, and Rowan University Art Gallery Glassboro, NJ, Sept. 1-Oct. 2, 2009.
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