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Betsy Damon, American, b. 1940
Blue Hole, 2007
Ink on paper
12 in. x 12 in. (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Digital print with hand coloring
Creation Place: North America, America
Credit Line: Scripps College. Purchase made possible by the Jean and Arthur Ames Fund
Accession Number: 2006.5.4


Commentary
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.

The vibrant splash of color laid over the neutral map evokes the feeling of an oasis giving life to a barren landscape. Damon says, "'Blue Holes' came from a series about sacred water sites in the US...This image is of a spring that has nurtured many for thousands of years and is now hidden, virtually aboandoned and ignored. The waters are sweet, cold, and fully alive. The are as essential as life itself..Waler is feminine. Water is womb, water is the source of life women birth."

Medium
Digital print with hand coloring.

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