Women & Their Work presented an exhibition of works on paper by three artists. Susan Harrington, Terri Thornton and Janet Tyson. The artists explored themes of memory, repetition and identity in a collection of drawings using media that included tracing paper, tape, graphite, and pen and ink.
All three artists’ works were made of markings on tracing paper, however, each of the three artists approached the shared themes from a different perspective. Harrington’s collages of layered drawings presented symbols of childhood and American culture and addressed questions about the construction of individual memory and the way it is affected by culture and transformed by time. Thornton’s artworks contained organic forms, imaginary shapes and human-made objects that were drawn, redrawn and cataloged to suggest analogies to memories and emotions. Tyson, whose subject was often the writing of James Joyce, incorporated into her work tracings of the writer’s corrections to Finnegan’s Wake, at once negating and asserting her own subjectivity.