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Dear Dad, 2004

Mixed Media

Enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel and steel plates

19.75 x 19.75 in

50.2 x 50.2 cm

Unique Work

This work is signed.

About The Work

Acclaimed artist Jennifer Bartlett's systematic method makes up the foundation of her diverse practice. Indeed, many of the forms and processes that have shaped painting, like the grid, have been re-defined and re-purposed by Barlett through her career. Her subject matter is often familiar to the point of mundane, includes houses, statues, and strangely recognizable landscapes, all of which invite the viewer to consider their mysterious narrative. This unique enamel and steel plate work, Dear Dad, references her influential installation Rhapsody (1975–6), which consists of 988 steel plates, covered with screen print grids and hand-painted enamel. The text found on this piece, printed to resemble notebook paper, reads, “Dear Dad and Mom. I’m never coming home I hate you! You are so unfair! P.S. Don’t look for me.”

About Jennifer Bartlett

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