Installations: Portraits of the Artists as Young Girls


These life-sized children’s dresses suspended from the ceiling and made of a yellowish, translucent paper seem to speak of fragility. Sepia-toned photographs of little girls appear on the garments and waft across the viewer’s line of vision. The girls, about five or six years old, sweetly pose for their photographers. These little girls coyly positioned before the camera grew up to become artists – artists who are now women living and working in the contemporary art world. Portraits of the Artists as Young Girls is an intriguing and thoughtful installation sympathetically commenting on the disparity of the genders in today’s art milieu. The names of thousands of women who are/were artists are attached to the wall as a visual display of the tenacity of some women who have dedicated their lives to the making of art.