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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Madeleine Peck Wagner

Mar

28

Written by Nicole Gaudier

A Statement from the artist:

“When considering the parameters of a group project, the urge to be distinct, and at the same time conform to the anticipated group need collide. In my wider body of work, I am currently exploring the contradictions inherent in femininity. With this piece specifically, I am attempting to combine George Kubler’s notion of the copy and the point of invention through a faux memory that is self-referential, with imagery that is undergirded by cultural notions of female acceptability/desirability.

By using the image Posture 1 as a point of departure, I cast myself both in the role of the young girl, and as observer. I imagined how she might rather present herself, and then used her original pose as a referent to execute a more fashion-esque version. I chose to obscure the face to depersonalize the “memory” while aesthetically I attempted to marry newer methods of working within my (own) established lexicon.”

Madeleine Peck Wagner, Imagining Relativity {idealized deviation 1}, 2013, from the film still Posture 1, Pencil on paper with flashe, watercolor, and spray paint

Madeleine Peck Wagner, Imagining Relativity {idealized deviation 1}, 2013, from the film still Posture 1, Pencil on paper with flashe, watercolor, and spray paint

Madeleine Peck Wagner ‘s work Imagining Relativity {idealized deviation 1}   will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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