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Emma Amos, American, (1938–2020)
Identity, 2006
Digital print with hand lithography
12 in. x 12 in. (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Lithography
Credit Line: Scripps College. Purchase made possible by the Jean and Arthur Ames Fund
Accession Number: 2006.5.1

This work is a part of Femfolio, a collaborative project bringing together twenty woman artists who created the feminist revolution in art during the early 1970s. All artists were featured in the exhibition "How American Women Artists Invented Postmodernism: 1970-1975" at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries (December 15, 2005–January 27, 2006). In collaboration with Master Printer John C. Erickson and the Brodsky Center.

A variety of hand-drawn symbols overlap colorful, curved patterns and textures in what is likely the artist's self portrait. A line splits the face into two halves, each side sporting different shades of eye and skin color, referencing the diferent races that make up the identity of the artist. Though divided, the sides do not seem to be in conflict. Rather, they suggest two halves of a whole; underneath the lines, the features form a cohesive individual. Much of Amos's work is grounded in race, gender, and culture politics, as she was a prominent artist in the civll rights and feminist movements.


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