Three Women: the Crusader, the Tattooed Lady and the Keypunch Operator

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Three Women is a 3 part work drawn from newspaper obituaries of lives lived but composed and designed in the mode of 18th and 19th century frontispieces. The works are inspired by a chance discovery of the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper on the occasion of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. The front page layout and design of varying fonts and text piqued the artist's interest. Moreover, the coverage of Lincoln's life was divided into pithy sub-headings all in a single column from top to bottom of page. In their entirety, the sub-headings read as though chapter titles of a life. The use of irregular kerning and curious line spacing seem odd today, yet seems fresh as though each word and line take on an organicism of their own. Such approaches to text design could be found in theatre brochures and frontispieces for novels. The artist felt the disappearing of such approaches represent a kind of loss and the ways of imagining associated with them.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: n/a
  • Medium: archival ink on paper
  • Width: about 4 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: just over 6 feet