Image: The World and the Woman
(Lodi, California, 1933 - 2004, Oakland, California)

The World and the Woman , 1992

Glazed ceramic
80 in. x 142 in. x 75 in. (203.2 cm x 360.68 cm x 190.5 cm)
Gift of Irving and Harriett Sands
2012.104
During the course of her career, Viola Frey evolved from creating moderately-scaled “bricolage” sculptures inspired by her frequent visits to flea markets to creating nearly life-size figures and subsequently monumental figures as both her ambition and her command of her medium increased. The World and the Woman dates to a time when Frey focused her monumental ceramics on several signature subjects:  male figures, often in blue business suits (and vulnerable poses); confident standing females in floral-patterned dresses; and seated or reclining female nudes, sometimes accompanied by additional figures or globes.

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