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Goddess Head/Soft

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Mary Beth Edelson, American, b. 1934
Goddess Head/Soft, 2007
Ink on paper
12 in. x 12 in. (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Digital print
Credit Line: Scripps College. Purchase made possible by the Jean and Arthur Ames Fund
Accession Number: 2006.5.5

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.

An image of a spiral seashell is collaged over a photograph of the artist, posed with arms raised in authority, drawing attention to the strength, antiquity, and divinity of the subject. Edelson says of this piece, "The spiraling goddess head is an expanded sacred image of women that proclaims the universality of Her protective, regenerative powers, and the recognition of Goddess in action." By portraying the female body in a way that evokes power and atuomomy rather than sexual objectification, she is reclaiming what it means to be female.

Digital print.

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