Deborah Muirhead: Fly Away
August 27 through October 7, 2007
Stewart Center Gallery
Muirhead’s paintings, drawings, prints and artist books represent an exploration of the use of abstraction as content-based work. Archeological findings, particularly the African Burial ground in lower Manhattan and her investigations of personal genealogy serve as the impetus for work that explores identity and historical invisibility.
Her large-scale paintings create an atmosphere for the fragmented body; text based paintings and drawings use names and word fragments to engage the viewer in thoughts about language, writing, oral history and storytelling; artist books attempt to personalize history through the combination of photographic image and non-linear text fragments, constructing narratives that are beautiful and subversive.