Image: Stalks II (Sky Goddess Totem)
(Cleveland, Ohio, 1926 - 2009, New York, New York)

Stalks II (Sky Goddess Totem) , 1985

Handprinting and handprinted collage on paper
111 in. x 20 3/8 in. (281.94 cm x 51.75 cm)
Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Plan Program, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Museum Acquisition Fund
Several ways of representing the female body are employed in this collage.  Images of the ancient Egyptian sky goddess Nut stretched over the world are joined by figures from aboriginal art that show women as goddesses of fertility and creation.  These older figures are juxtaposed with the heads of contemporary Western women whose power resides in their intellect rather than their bodies.  All of the images depict woman as active and strong.  The figures overlap and dance across the tall, thin “totem,” suggesting that sisterhood spans generations and cultures
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