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Ida Applebroog: MONALISA

‘The vagina drawings constitute a key component of Applebroog’s most recent body of work, Monalisa (2009), a project that, with its signature figural obsessions and urgent feminist force, feels like an epic culmination of her entire oeuvre. The installation takes the form of a wooden structure covered with more than one hundred images made from the 1969 drawings. Applebroog scanned the drawings and manipulated them both on the computer and as they came out of the printer. The resultant unique images are on handmade Gampi paper and Mylar that has the translucency of vellum – and skin.’
– Our Bodies, Our Houses, Our Ruptures, Ourselves by Julia Bryan-Wilson.

Publication Details

  • With an illustrated essay by Julia Bryan-Wilson and photography by Abby Robinson
  • Clothbound hardcover with dust jacket
  • 21.6 x 25.4 cm / 8 1/2 x 10 in
  • 144 pages, colour plates throughout
  • 978 3 9523630 0 3
  • Jan 2010
  • £26.00 / $42.00 / 31.00€ / 34.00 CHF
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