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Brooklyn Museum - Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base

9413691What an honor this is!..........Look for my ”Ancient Warrior Torso series” on the Feminist Art Base, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, from Brooklyn.

Feminist Artist Statement

In my Ancient Warrior Torso series, the word "ancient" naturally brings historical references to mind. The visual quality of being ancient, to me, can also mean something lost and then found. Lessons that were learned, something buried or destroyed and then rebuilt. The idea that women are the warriors in the world, in all different types of relationships, any tragedy that has affected their lives, and that they have conquered, gives them a voice. They see their own story behind the torso. Each torso has a constructed spine representing the courage it takes to achieve greatness as a woman. The torso's painted wrappings and patterned exterior reveal their inner strength. As an installation, the Torso project explores the viewer's reactions and thoughts, both physically and emotionally, as they walk among the individual pieces. Something is observed; connections are made and transferred between the viewer to an individual torso and from the viewer to the installation as a whole. www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_bas

ANCIENT WARRIOR TORSO PROJECT - Commentary By Robert Curcio

“They are direct castings of an actual person which gives it history and a sense of familiarity to the viewer. By placing it at the same height as the person, the viewer has a physical relation to the piece. Also, it’s not idealized or a bland generic mannequin or a freak - it’s me, the viewer. The viewer could be having a conversation with this "person" or knows someone just like that. These are all points that make the piece, either individually or as an installation, amazing - strong, difficult, impressive, deeply emotional, a real piece on the human condition.”

Robert Curcio

Writer & Curator, New York, NY, August, 2014

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125 Years: Women of Vision

My work has been selected by the National Association of National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) art show "125 Years: Women of Vision" with juror and honorary VP Rhoda Sherbell on December 5th through January 11th. This will be at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The piece that was selected is Ancient Warrior #13 - Plaster Wrap, Acrylic Paint, Sewing Patterns, Collage, 22" x 14" x 9 1/2", (54" x 14" x 9 1/2" with stand), 2013-14

View All Torsos - Slide Show: http://bartelclements.com/torsos/

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