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Re: MIRIAM SCHAPIRO

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brenda jones (cfifly)
Sat, 11 Apr 1998 16:30:40 -0500


Regarding lessons about Schapiro, I have some thoughts. I was initially
very attracted to the sensual qualities of her work: the fabric,
textures, patterns, etc. But, after reading about her work and her
comments and seeing some video, it seems to me the issues of gender and
related politics are paramount. When I have shared these issues with
students (high school) they are most intrigued. So, with projects, it
seems awkward for me to suggest that the students make something like a
quilt, a shrine, etc. This seems a lot like replicating a process or
technique. Rather, the issue of gender was so important, and I think
Schapiro found natural ways to visually show that issue. It seems to me
that it is important for students to consider what they see as moving
issues in their own lives and think about ways that they could visually
show that. I know it's harder, at least it is for me, but I think they
realize then that artists think deeply about what they do rather than
following a determined path. (I hope this makes sense).